Decision Day for Boy Scouts

May 23, 2013 Updated May 23, 2013 at 7:38 AM EDT


May 23, 2013 Updated May 23, 2013 at 7:38 AM EDT

Houston, TX (WKBW) - Voting member of the Boy Scouts of America will decide whether or not to allow gay members into the organization. More than 70 percent of troops are affiliated with a church or religious group. The Catholic Church sponsors 43 percent of scout troops in the country.

This vote comes after the president of the Boy Scouts recommended the group allow gay members but not gay adult leaders. He supports a resolution, which would allow all boys to enter the scouts regardless of their sexual orientation. The issue has caused a big debate but according to an ABC poll, 63 percent of Americans support allowing gay youths to join.

"I don't want one parent to have to tell their son they can't be a part of scouts, because they're not good enough," parent Jennifer Tyrell said.
The Catholic Church said it will strive to maintain ties with the Boy Scouts regardless of the outcome of the vote.

"We would hope that the Boy Scouts of American will continue to provide young people a formative experience grounded in virtue and directed by service to God and others," Spokesperson for the Catholic Church said.

This decision comes down to the 1400 members who will be voting. A decision will be announced Thursday afternoon.