The Boy Scouts of America has decided to delay its vote on a proposal to let local troops decide whether to allow openly gay members and leaders.
The organization, whose leaders had been expected to vote on the proposal Wednesday, said it needs more time to get input from its members. The vote will now be held in May.
Openly gay children and adults are currently banned from the scouts.
Boy Scout executives plan to vote on whether to let local troops decide if they want to allow gay members.
More than 70 percent of Boy Scout troops are affiliated with churches or religious groups.
Supporters of the ban say that allowing gays would violate scout values.
“”They’re entitled to continue that policy if they choose to. If they don’t, they’re going to lose the heart and soul of their membership,” said Southern Baptist Convention President Richard Land.
Opponents of the ban say scout values should not involve discrimination.
“”This is about, you know, them trying to advance an agenda of promoting a specific way of understanding the world, at the expense of people all over the country,” said Eagle Scout Zach Wahls.
There are more than 2.7 million members in the Boy Scouts.
In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the organization has a constitutional right to oppose homosexuals.
CNN contributed to this report