Boy Scouts of America Delays Decision on Gay Ban Until May

From a statement released to the press:

After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the scouting family, along with comments of those from outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of the issue, the organization needs more time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.

To that end, the executive board directed its committees to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. This will assist the officers’ work on a resolution on membership standards. The approximately 1,400 voting member of the national council will take action on the resolution at the national meeting in May 2013.

The big takeaway here is that the decision will include the full voting membership of the BSA, not just the executive board. Read into that as you’d like.