Indeed, this discriminatory policy caused controversy in recent years. Groups of more liberal scouts wanted to change it while other more conservative groups, particularly led by the Mormon church, wished to see it maintained. Recent cases threatening the organization pushed a change of this policy to allow groups to choose their own leaders.
Thus Scout units can accept homosexual leaders while Mormon units could unfortunately continue their discrimination.
«This vote marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Boy Scouts of America,» said Zach Wahls, the Executive Director of Scouts for Equality, the organization that has been fighting since 2012 to end this ban, in a press release.
In 2013, a first step had been made since the Council of Boy Scouts of America allowed the acceptance of gay youth members.
«While we still have some reservations about individual units discriminating against gay adults, we couldn’t be more excited about the future of Scouting,» continued Wahls. «We look forward to collaborating with our supporters, progressive faith partners, allied non-profit organizations, and the Boy Scouts of America to ensure a fully inclusive Scouting movement.»