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President Obama Opposes Boy Scouts’ Ban on Gays, Sort Of….

The White House has come forward with the message that President Obama opposes the Boy Scouts of America’s policy banning gays within its organization…… sort of.

Washington Blade:

“The President believes the Boy Scouts is a valuable organization that has helped  educate and build character in American boys for more than a century,” White  House spokesperson Shin Inouye said in the statement. “He also opposes  discrimination in all forms, and as such opposes this policy that discriminates  on basis of sexual orientation.”

In a follow-up email, Inouye said Obama won’t resign or relinquish his position as honorary president of the Boy Scouts  as result of this position.

Scouts spokesperson Deron Smith responded to the statement:

“The Boy Scouts of America respects the opinions  of President Obama and appreciates his recognition that Scouting is a valuable  organization,” Smith said. “We believe that good people can personally disagree  on this topic and still work together to accomplish the common good.”

Said GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) President Herndon Graddick responded to the Obama statement:

“Our nation’s leaders from across religions and  political persuasions have joined hundreds of thousands of Americans in speaking  out against the blatant discrimination that the Boy Scouts of America teaches  young adults today. It’s clear that this outdated policy will be changing in the  future. How long will the Boy Scouts continue to bully young gay Americans into  hiding who they are and hurt children of gay parents by denying their parents an  opportunity to participate in their children’s lives?”

One really has to wonder why GLAAD’s President Graddick who heads an organization which promotes the image of LGBT people in the media can so readily issue a press release about discrimination in the Boy Scouts but was eerily silent during the whole Chick-fil-A media disaster while his organization ran the wrong message of same-sex marriage instead of the groups hate group donations.

It’s truly disappointing that the White House couldn’t say something more on point instead using the Obama “opposes  discrimination in all forms” meme to cover this issue to try to make some points with the LGBT community,

And whats even more disappointing is that Obama will not show integrity even on this issue and prove his full support by relinquishing his position as honorary president of the Boy Scouts.  Would Obama still not resign if the BSA refused admittance to boys and leaders who were Jewish or Black?

President Obama may be the best LGBT ally that we’ve ever had in the White House, and may not be able to wave a magic wand with DOMA and ENDA . But he could make a stronger, more pointed statement where the BSA is concerned and take a poweful syand against discrimination against the LGBT community and back up his words with actions.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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