The Boy Scouts of America have drawn a lot of criticism in the past for their exclusion of both participants and troop leaders based on sexual orientation. Last Friday, Executive Committee members of the nation-wide organization unanimously voted to change that policy.
The official amendment comes on a revised edition of the organization's Adult Leadership Guidelines, which reads "No adult applicant for registration as an employee or non-unit-serving volunteer, who otherwise meets the requirements of the Boy Scouts of America, may be denied registration on the basis of sexual orientation."
The decision marks a symbolic step forward for the LGBT community, which has fought to strike down barriers to entry such as the Boy Scouts' former policy.
The Girl Scouts have taken a very public stance against LGBT discrimination when they refused a donor's $100,000 offer when they included the stipulation that the funds could not be used on transgender girls last May.
Now the Boy Scouts are following their lead. The policy is set to be officially ratified by the organization's national executive board on July 27th.