President Obama has joined Mitt Romney in urging the Boy Scouts to accept gays in their ranks, the Washington Blade reported Wednesday.
Mr. Obama, who as president is also the honorary head of the scouts, “opposes discrimination in all forms, and as such opposes this policy that discriminates on basis of sexual orientation,” a White House spokesman told the paper.
Gay-rights advocates said Mr. Obama had been silent on the issue, even as he had pushed to end the U.S. military’s ban on openly-gay troops and announced earlier this year he had shifted his stance and now supports gay marriage. But over the weekend the Associated Press reported that Mr. Obama’s opponent in November’s elections, Mitt Romney, thinks the scouts to end their ban — though he said he respects the organization’s right to set its policy. That prompted new questions to the White House, which announced Mr. Obama’s stance.