Microsoft’s Bill Gates Responds to Boy Scout Ban On Gay Members: “Lift the ban already”
Extraordinaire in all things software engineering Bill Gates has a clear, concise statement for the Boy Scouts of America and their ban on LGBT members/volunteers. Gates has always been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights and felt the succinct message for the religious was to get with the times. Here’s more:
Speaking at Politico’s inaugural Playbook Cocktails interview series in Washington, D.C., Gates said he had enjoyed being a Scout. On stage with Politico D.C. bureau chief Mike Allen, Gates recalled learning “how to tie knots, how to weave baskets, how to hike long distances without complaining too much.”
When Allen turned the conversation to the organization’s ban on gay members and leaders, Gates said the policy “absolutely” needed to be scrapped.
“Why,” prodded Allen.
“Because it’s 2013,” Gates replied, prompting a spontaneous burst of boisterous applause from the audience.
ThinkProgress notes that Gates has shown his support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality measures in the past, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars toward the Washington state marriage equality campaign.
Let’s hope they start to listen to messages like this as they continue to debate on lifting the ban on LGBT members that will come up for vote among Boy Scout leaders sometime in May.