(WNCT) – Boy Scout troops in North Carolina will now have to decide if they want to welcome openly gay adults as their leaders.
The national organization Boy Scouts of America formally approved on Monday lifting the decades old ban.
This came after a board recommended earlier this year to get rid of the policy.
It does allow for church-sponsored units to keep up the ban citing reasons dealing with their faith.
In Eastern North Carolina, there are 280 units across 20 counties, serving nearly 9,000 scouts.
East Carolina Council Executive Ray Franks told WNCT he didn’t expect a loss in membership.
“The big thing out of this is 90% of our chartered organizations are churches, and for that 90 percent nothing changes,” said Franks.
Franks told WNCT the vote will put away discussions and let scouts get back to the mission to help scouts develop character.
Monday’s decision follows a 2013 change to allow openly gay scouts.
Norm Collins, a former assistant scoutmaster, shared his reaction with WNCT. His family got out of scouting after that decision.
“Do you want your kid under a homosexual adult leader,” said Collins. “Do you want your scout tenting perhaps with other homosexual scouts? If you don’t mind that then you’re good to go. But if you have a problem with that then you are probably going to change things.”
This new leader policy takes effect immediately.