Mitt Romney has reiterated that he disagrees with the Boy Scouts of America's ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.

The Associated Press quoted Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul as stating in an e-mail that Romney disagrees with the group's policy.

Saul said that the presumed GOP nominee for president stands by his 1994 statement on the issue made during a political debate in Massachusetts.

“I support the right of the Boy Scouts of America to decide what it wants to do on that issue,” Romney said at the time. “I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Last month, the Boy Scouts reaffirmed its policy of excluding gay members, saying it was the “best policy” for the organization.

“The real people impacted by this ban are gay young adults who are forced to hide who they are as well as the children of gay parents who are denied an opportunity to participate their children's lives,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “By standing behind this ban, the Boy Scouts of America are contributing to a climate that promotes the bullying of gay young people and putting parents in a place where they are forced to explain to their children why some scouts and hard-working scout leaders are not welcomed in the organization. Discrimination is not a value that should be associated with scouting.”