The Boy Scouts of America has postponed a decision on whether to allow gays to become Scouts and Scout leaders until their annual meeting in May.
The executive board said it needed more time to deliberate before holding a vote on the matter.
"After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America's National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy," Deron Smith, the BSA director of public relations, said in a statement.
How will churches respond if the Scouts change their policy banning gay membership? Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md., has more on CBN Newswatch, Feb. 6.
In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the ban to be protected free speech.
"In a free society, organizations fail or flourish according to the private choices of innumerable families," the Boy Scouts said in a 2000 brief to the High Court.
"A society in which each and every organization must be equally diverse is a society which has destroyed diversity," they argued.
Earlier this week, the group received more than a million petitions from people protesting the policy.
Polls show a generational divide on the issue, with 60 percent of Americans under 30 saying the ban should be lifted. Only 39 percent of those over 50 agreed.
If you would like to give your input to the national leaders you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the scouting.org home page, or by calling them at 972-580-2000."