Irving, Texas is the headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America.
(CNN) — Openly gay youths will be allowed to join scouting, delegates to the annual meeting of the Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday.
More than 60% of the group’s 1,400-member national council voted in Grapevine, Texas, for the historic policy change, which will take effect January 1.
“No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone,” says the approved resolution.
The BSA will maintain its ban on gay adult leaders.
“The resolution also reinforces that Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting,” the 103-year-old organization said in a statement.
The BSA said there are no plans for further review of the issue.
“The Boy Scouts of America will