More than 1,400 delegates from Boy Scouts of America voted at a national meeting in Texas Thursday to lift its ban on gay youth membership.
The proposal will allow openly gay youths into the boy scouts, but not openly gay adult leaders.
In the past few months, gay rights advocates presented a petition with nearly two-million signatures supporting an end to the ban. But a recent boy scouts online survey showed overwhelming support for maintaining it.
Nearly 70% of boy scouts troops in the U.S. are sponsored by faith-based organizations.