FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2013 file photo, Boy Scouts recite the Scout Oath during the annual Boy Scouts Parade and Report to State in the House Chambers at the Texas capitol, in Austin, Texas. President Barack Obama said Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Sunday that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, weighing in on two storied American institutions facing proposals to end long-held exclusions.
The president’s comments in a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS come ahead of this week’s meeting of the Boy Scouts’ national executive board. A proposal to open up the Scouts’ membership to gays is expected to be discussed and possibly voted on at the gathering in Texas.
The Boy Scouts emphatically reaffirmed the no-gays policy just seven months ago, but announced last week they were considering changing the stance. Instead of mandatory exclusion of gays, the different religious and civic groups that sponsor Scout units would be able to decide for themselves how to address the issue — either maintaining the exclusion or opening up their Login to read more