The Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday announced that it will uphold its existing ban that excludes gays, something the group said was "absolutely the best policy" for the group.
The Associated Press reports the decision comes after a confidential two-year review and rules out any changes despite the growing chorus of critics who had pressed to end the ban. The 11-member special committee's decision was unanimous, and will effectively stop action on a resolution recently submitted to the board asking the organization to reconsider the rule. The policy was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2000.
Here's the organization's policy on LGBT participation in the Scouts: "While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA."