A vote to allow gay members has been delayed by the Boy Scouts leaders again. The vote on gay membership also affects leaders of the groups, with the organization possibly ready to make a groundbreaking decision. According to a report from Wednesday (Feb. 6), though, the Boy Scout executives won't be voting this week as previously announced. Instead, they have now postponed any possible vote until May.
The board released its own statement about why they are delaying the decision until the annual meeting that will take place in May. The statements read, "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."
This could be a politically motivated stance, as there was quite a bit of backlash from conservatives and religious groups when an announcement was made that the Boy Scouts might consider opening membership to everyone. The ban remains in place for now, with many Americans hoping that the organization will finally make the decision to open its doors no matter what the sexuality of a member or leader might be.
A vote on gay members joining the Boy Scouts of America is expected to now include 1,400 members of the national council that will attend the May meeting.