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Boy Scouts delays decision on gay members, leaders

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WASHINGTON—The largest youth organization in the country says it needs more time to make a decision on whether to change its policy concerning homosexuals.

The Boy Scouts of America had previously banned openly gay scouts and scout leaders.

However, the organization announced that it would consider changing those rules.

It was expected that a decision would be announced this week.

The Boy Scouts released this statement Wednesday morning:

“In the past two weeks, Scouting has received an outpouring of feedback from the American public. It reinforces how deeply people care about Scouting and how passionate they are about the organization. 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 more time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.”

The statement went on to say the executive board would continue to speak with representatives to come up with a solution.

The voting members of the group will then cast their votes on the resolution at the National Annual Meeting in May.