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Obama: Scouts should be open to gays and lesbians

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 3, 2013 at 4:50 p.m.

— President Barack Obama said the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week.

Obama praised the scouts as “a great institution” that promotes young people, giving them lifelong leadership training and opportunities. During a pre-Super Bowl interview on CBS, he said “no one should be barred from that.”

The Boy Scouts announced last week it was considering replacing its longstanding ban on gays with a policy to let troop sponsors make their own decision on the issue.

The White House said last summer during the presidential campaign that Obama he opposed the Scouts’ policy of excluding gays as members.

Gay rights activists praised last week’s announcement, while some conservative church groups expressed alarm.

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pwellis09250734 says... February 3, 2013 at 5:10 p.m.

It's really none of his damn business!!!

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T6 says... February 3, 2013 at 5:45 p.m.

Obama is evil to the pit of hell.

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FreeSpiritMan says... February 3, 2013 at 6:51 p.m.

T6.......be reeeaaallll sure you understand this verse:
“Assuredly I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say

to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and

Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into

outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:10-12)

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HotSpringsLawyer says... February 3, 2013 at 7 p.m.

I probably mostly agree with the President, but he should not intrude in the affairs of a private organization and its principles. And no, while he is President he should not be expressing mere personal opnions.

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RonalFos says... February 3, 2013 at 8:02 p.m.

T6, Obama has a better chance of being in Heaven than you do. I've never heard him say one hateful thing and that seems to all you spew.

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T6 says... February 3, 2013 at 8:07 p.m.

BS.. Obama has Allah on his wedding ring so surely YOU know GOD and Allah is not one and the same. So I doubt he's a Christian when he has stomped on the Bible as much as he has stomped on the Constitution. I believe it's in 1 Samuel. Surely you know the story about the Priest Eli and his knowing about the iniquities his sons were doing to God's people and what God said he would do to Eli's house because he knew about the things his sons were doing and did not constrain them.
My point is, YOU go along with the evil, lawless things and YOU don't speak out about it. YOU will be held accountable by God above.

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djigoo says... February 3, 2013 at 8:09 p.m.

T6, you're funnier than the comics page. Thank you for all you do to keep the rest of us laughing!

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trafos says... February 3, 2013 at 8:25 p.m.

I hate that the Scouts are feeling like they're being strong armed into letting up on something they believe in. Hang in there. Stick to what you feel is right. This is not something the President needs to be involving himself in.

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djigoo says... February 3, 2013 at 8:31 p.m.

The Scouts aren't feeling strongarmed, IMHO. They're simply accepting that it's 2013, not 1913.

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T6 says... February 3, 2013 at 8:34 p.m.

Djigoo... Glad I could amuse you. Wish I could say the same but unfortunately you tend to make me want to vomit.

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