President Barack Obama has joined Mitt Romney in stating that he disagrees with the Boy Scouts of America's ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.

“The President believes the Boy Scouts is a valuable organization that has helped educate and build character in American boys for more than a century. He also opposes discrimination in all forms, and as such opposes this policy that discriminates on [the] basis of sexual orientation,” White House spokesman Shin Inouye told gay weekly Metro Weekly in an e-mail.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul earlier confirmed in an e-mail to the AP that Romney also 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.”

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

Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith provided a statement to Metro Weekly saying that the organization respectfully disagrees with the president.

“The Boy Scouts of America respects the opinions of President Obama and appreciates his recognition that Scouting is a valuable organization,” said Smith. “We believe that good people can personally disagree on this topic and still work together to accomplish the common good.”