Boy Scouts of America proposes to lift gay ban for youth members

Under pressure over its longstanding ban on gays, the Boys Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban for youth members, but continue to exclude gays as adult leaders.

The BSA had indicated it might give local scout units the option of admitting gays as both youth members and adult leaders, or continuing to exclude them.

The BSA said Friday it changed course, due in part to results of surveys sent out this year to members of the scouting community.

Gay-rights groups have demanded a complete lifting of the ban.

Some churches and conservative groups want it maintained.

The proposal will be submitted to the 1,400 voting members of the BSA's National Council during the week of May 20 at a meeting in Texas.