The Boy Scouts of America have officially voted tonight to allow gay members in their ranks.
Openly gay adult leaders are still banned, according to the decision.
The Longhouse Council, the governing body of the Boy Scouts in Central New York, voiced their support back in April, but also said they wanted the ban on openly gay adults removed."The Longhouse Council has never barred or removed an adult leader for their sexual orientation," Longhouse Council Executive Board said in a media release. "The Longhouse Council opposes the inconsistency in membership eligibility between youth and adults and will continue to encourage BSA leadership to consider additional resolutions at the earliest possible opportunity to eliminate sexual orientation as a criterion for any BSA enrolled youth or adult leader. The Longhouse Council had previously declared its support for today??s resolution."
The following is the language of the new membership standards:
??Youth membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all youth who meet the specific membership requirements to join the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout and Venturing programs. Membership in any program of the Boy Scouts of America requires the youth member to (a) subscribe to and abide by the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law, (b) subscribe to and abide by the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle (duty to God), and (c) demonstrate behavior that exemplifies the highest level of good conduct and respect for others and is consistent at all times with the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."