This is the new official policy of the Boy Scouts of America that reaffirms their position against openly gay members and troop leaders.
In 2000, the Supreme Court upheld the organizations right to refuse membership to gays, atheists and agnostics under the First Amendment, but the controversial decision was met with public backlash and a series of public and private institutions that withdrew their support for B.S.A.
For instance in 2006, the California Supreme Court ruled that city of Berkeley could refuse to grant the Berkeley Sea Scouts free use of a public marina.
The Supreme Court said B.S.A. had a right to refuse membership, not benefit from public space.
However, not all courts agreed. In 2010, the city of Philadelphia tried to kick the Boy Scouts out of a public building they had occupied since 1928. A judge ruled that the city could not breach the contract based on the Boy Scout's refusal to admit gays.
In 2010, and unknown to anyone outside of the organization, the B.S.A. formed a committee that "included a diversity of perspectives" and engaged in "extensive research and evaluations" on the impact of allowing gays into the organization. The committee was kept secret for two years. The members and their methods still remain a mystery.
The conclusion: The exclusion of gays in the B.S.A. "reflects the beliefs and perspectives" of the organization, according to their statement.