President Barack Obama said today in a pre-Super Bowl interview that Boy Scouts should lift its ban on gays:

The president was asked: "Next week, the board of the Boy Scouts of America is going to vote on whether to end their national ban on gays in scouting. Should scouting be open to gays?

"Yes," Obama replied.

"Why so?"

"Well," said Obama, "because I think that -- you know, my attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and -- and opportunity, the same way everybody else does, in every institution and walk of life. And -- you know, the Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to -- you know, opportunities and leadership that -- you know, will serve people for the rest of their lives. And i think that nobody should be barred for that."

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