Obama: Boy Scouts should lift gay ban (video)

Sometimes words matter.  This is one of those times.

In a pre- Super Bowl interview with 60 Minutes, President Obama reiterated his support for gay Scouts.  This was pre- Super Bowl, so it probably had a huge audience.

This comes on the heels of the news this week that the Boy Scouts are reconsidering their ban on gay scouts and gay scout masters.  Though what the Scouts are actually considering is something less than a full lifting of their gay ban.  Instead of having a nationwide ban, such as they have now, the Scouts are considering leaving it up to individual Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops to determine if they want to ruin the lives of young children because the adults running the organization are all a bunch of bigots.

Lifting the ban at the federal level is a step in the right direction, but it’s not going to stop the boycott of the Scouts.  Any corporation that gives money to the national Boy Scouts of America will be funding discriminatory Scout troops, quite possibly in violation of that organizations own non-discrimination policies.  So if the Boy Scouts are really considered about national funders and corporations dropping them, then they need to institution a nationwide non-discrimination policy, and stop playing games.

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