President Obama called on the Boy Scouts to open their ranks to homosexuals.
His response came during an interview ahead of Super Bowl XLVII. CBS News’ Scott Pelley asked the president if scouting should be open to gays.
“Yes,” the president replied. “Gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everyone else does.”
BSA national leaders are meeting this week in Dallas to discuss lifting a ‘no-gay’ ban on both members and leaders.
On Monday a group of 42 religious groups will publish a half-page ad in USA Today calling on the Scouts to resist political and economic pressures to lift the ban.
The group is taking out a major advertising buy tomorrow denouncing the Scouts’ decision to consider changing their longstanding policy prohibiting openly gay Scout leaders or Scouts.
“To the Boy Scouts of America: Show courage,” the advertisement read. “Stand firm for timeless values.”
The Supreme Court upheld the Boy Scouts’ rights to determine their own membership standards – but that hasn’t stopped opponents from putting fierce pressure on the group.
“How will parents be able to entrust their children to the Boy Scouts if they trade the well-being of the boys for corporate dollars,” the group asked. “To compromise moral principles under political and financial pressure would teach boys cowardice, not courage. Every parent concerned about guiding and protecting their own children should also be alarmed by the proposed change to Boy Scout policy.”
Last year, the BSA confirmed that the “vast majority of the parents” of BSA members “reserve to themselves the right to introduce and give guidance on sexual topics.”
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