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February 03, 2013

President Obama endorses gays in Scouting, women in combat

President Obama said Sunday he'd not hestitate to send women into combat, noting many already serve with distinction and risk their lives in dangerous situations.

"They have carried out their jobs with extraordinary patriotism and distinction," Obama said in a pre Super Bowl interview, live from the White House. He said he's met women in the military "who can do everything a man can do and more...The truth is, women are serving, they are taking great risks. What we should not do is somehow prevent them from advancing in an institution that we all revere."

Obama said he also backs the expected decision of the Boy Scouts of America to allow gays to become members.

"My attitude is gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does, in every institution and walk of life," he said. "The Scouts are a great institution...and I think that nobody should be barred from that."


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