Boy Scouts Admit Gay Kids but Not Adults

The organization's vote to admit LGBT children but not leaders leaves opponents of the anti-gay policy planning their next move.

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Ousted gay Cub Scout Leader Jennifer Tyrrell and son in Grapevine, Texas, on May 23, 2013. (Stewart House/Getty Images)

Although the Boy Scouts of America organization voted on Thursday to allow gay youths into its ranks -- starting Jan. 1, 2014 -- the deciding members didn't amend the rule to include lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Scout leaders. So once a Scout turns 18 years old, he is no longer welcome or able to become a Scout leader, reports NBC News.

"We have not changed our adult membership standards. They have served us well for the last 100 years. Those were not on the table," said Tico Perez, BSA national commissioner.

And so while the nation's approximately 116,000 Scouting units and 3 million members officially must open their doors to gay youth, a push to change those adult membership standards will resume.

"One day, we'll be back, and I'm not going to stop until we're there," said Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell, who was ousted in April 2012 as den leader of her son's Tiger Cub pack because she is a lesbian.

"Tomorrow, we're going to start the next phase, and I'm ready."

Read more at NBC News.

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