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Mitt Romney Thinks The Boy Scouts Should Allow Gay Members. Or He Did, Anyway

Ah, the Internet—once something is out there, it never goes away. GLAAD has dug up a vintage clip from a 1994 U.S. Senate debate in Massachusetts, where then-senatorial candidate Mitt Romney was asked about the Boy Scouts of America’s exclusionary policy toward homosexuals.

Romney states:

“I believe that the Boy Scouts of America does a wonderful service for this country. I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue. I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.”

It’s worth noting Romney was up against liberal Ted Kennedy in that election—and he  had just changed his party affiliation from Independent to Republican in 1993. So maybe the full-on GOP indoctrination hadn’t taken affect yet. We don’t imagine Romney is spouting the same line now—which is a shame for ousted den mom Jen Tyrell.