Bill Gates may be best known for starting a little computer company called Microsoft, but he’s also a pretty well known Boy Scout. Gates spoke out today about the controversial gay ban at his beloved organization and said that it was time for homosexual scouts to be allowed in the Boy Scouts.
Why? Because it’s 2013.
The philanthropist was talking on Wednesday night at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., for the new Politico series “Playbook Cocktails” when he was asked about his thoughts on the gay ban. Without hesitation, Gates said that the ban should “absolutely” be ended.
When asked to explain why, Gates simply said: “Because it’s 2013.”
Last year, several adults turned in their badges and medals saying that they were no longer proud to be boy scouts. Gates hasn’t gone down that route yet, and it isn’t likely that he ever will. During the event last night, Gates said that he learned a lot from his time as a boy scout.
When asked what he learned, Gates said: “How to tie knots. How to weave baskets. How to hike long distances without complaining too much. It was fun. I still tie knots every once in a while.”
Here’s a video of Bill Gates talking about his experience in the Boy Scouts and his thoughts on the gay marriage ban.
What do you think of Bill Gates thoughts on the Boy Scouts’ gay ban? Should the Boy Scouts allow gay members?
Bill Gates, of course, isn’t the only person who has spoken out against the Boy Scouts. Last week Carly Rae Jepsen cancelled a concert at the Boy Scouts Summer Jamboree over the gay ban.
Jepsen said: “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer.”