The Boy Scouts of America may soon accept gay youth and adult leaders, under a potential policy shift, announced by the organization today.
The likely shift comes after years of rejecting calls to accept homosexuals into the program. As recent as last year the organization reaffirmed its policy.
Under the revised policy, local organization sponsoring units would be free to restrict membership consistent with their belief, the organization said in a statement.
"Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation," the statement reads. "This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, but that the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization's mission, principles or religious beliefs."
While the statement refers to the policy change being discussed, some media outlets have reported that the change could come as early as next week.
Over the summer, the local scouting organization was accused of firing a longtime camp staff member because he is gay.