Boy Scouts Delay Decision on Gay Members

ABC News' Cecilia Vega on why the organization has postponed its decision.
2:14 | 02/06/13

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The boy scouts. We told you they were expected to lift the ban on gay scout and leaders. Today, push-back from parts of the country. Their decision, postponed. What happened? Abc's cecilia vega right mother to explain. Reporter: Diane, good to see you. The boy scouts of america says it needs more time to decide whether openly gay members can join. But one gay former scout leader we spoke to today says she and her family have waited long enough. Jennifer tyrrell was fired as a den leader. Told her sexual orientation would be a distraction. Well, I'm not a distraction. Alicia's not a distraction. We are moms. And we are americans. Reporter: That's her son, 8-year-old cruz, in tears, with his two moms. Today's news that the scouts will postpone a decision on allowing gays in its ranks, this time, had tyrrell herself fighting tears. I'm not looking forward to having to go home and tell cruz that we have to wait a little bit longer. Reporter: After last month's announcement that scouts were close to dropping the ban, there was an outpouring of feedback. Like that from texas republican governor rick perry. And eagle scout, opposed to the change.Scouting is about teaching a substantial amount of life lessons. Sexuality is not one of them. Reporter: The scouts say they concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy. When it comes to the future of an organization more than a century old, division persists. A new poll out today shows a narrow majority of americans want the scouts to end its ban on openly gay members. And while 61% of women want to see that ban lifted, fewer than half of men agree. Now, time wl tell. Will the ban on gays end? Tyrrell says she'll keep fighting. I will never stop fighting for what I know is right. And I will never stop fighting for a better world for my children to live in. Reporter: So, what's next? The approximately 1,400 voting members of the boy scouts national council will make the decision's at the group's national meeting in may. Diane, a lot of eyes watching to see what the decision will be on this one. All right, cecilia, thank you

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