(The Root) — Against the backdrop of the Boy Scouts of America’s reiteration of its ban on gay members that has members across the country returning their badges in protest, and a Scouts for Equality campaign pressuring the organization to cease its discriminatory policy, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign has made his position on the issue clear: Just as he said in a 1994 debate, he still believes that “all people should be able to participate in Boy Scouts, regardless of sexual orientation,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul confirmed to the Associated Press. “[T]his remains Romney’s position today,” she said.
Scouts for Equality founder Zach Wahls moved quickly to launch a new site featuring Romney among Eagle Scouts, Scout leaders, politicians and celebrities who support gays participating in the Boy Scouts.
“Scouts for Equality is proud to have Governor Romney’s support on this issue amid such a polarized political climate,” said Wahls. “His leadership is to be commended, and we hope he can set an example of how people with differing religious beliefs can come together to support the Boy Scouts of America’s mission to serve our communities and develop tomorrow’s leaders, regardless of sexual orientation.”