The organisation last month affirmed its ban on openly homosexual scouts and leaders, following a two-year review of the long-standing policy.

Its decision prompted equality activists to urge Mr Obama to “reconsider” his position as honorary president of the organisation – a post held by every US president since 1910.

Taking his first public stand on the issue since taking office, Mr Obama “opposes this policy that discriminates on basis of sexual orientation”, a White House spokesman said.

While hailing the scouts as a “valuable organisation that has helped educate and build character in American boys for more than a century”, the President “also opposes discrimination in all forms,” the spokesman added.

The statement put him in rare agreement with Mr Romney, his Republican opponent in November’s election, who gave his support to homosexual scouts and leaders 18 years ago.

Read More at The Telegraph. By Jon Swaine.

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