Bill Gates, Former Boy Scout: Lift the Gay Ban

National

0  Updated at 8:32 pm, March 14th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
Share This Story

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Billionaire Bill Gates thinks it’s time for the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay leaders and members.

The philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder gave his opinion Wednesday during the inaugural installment of Politico’s new interview series, Playbook Cocktails, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

When the ex-Boy Scout was asked if he believed the organization should move forward with lifting the ban on gay members, he said it “absolutely” should.

Politico’s D.C. bureau chief, Mike Allen, quickly asked why.

“Because it’s 2013,” Gates said, prompting the crowd to erupt in a round of thunderous applause.

During the course of the interview, Gates also told Allen that current immigration policy is the biggest impediment to U.S. job growth, and that he’s worried about gridlock in Washington and the so-called sequestration.

“You don’t run a business like this,” Gates said of the federal government. “This is a non-optimal path … a business that is maximizing its output would proceed along a different path.”

Watch More News Videos at ABC | Technology News | Celebrity News

 

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio



Stories You May Be Interested In:

Nintendo Switch links to the past but feels like the future

14 Jan 2017

Jethro Mullen, Ravi Hiranand and Frank Pallotta, CNN

House takes first step towards repealing Obamacare

13 Jan 2017

Tom LoBianco, Deirdre Walsh and Tal Kopan, CNN

The iPhone turns 10: Insiders look back

9 Jan 2017

Seth Fiegerman, CNN