The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday they are going to eliminate ban on gays, according to the New York Times.
The ban would replace the national policy with a system giving local chapters the power to choose who can receive membership or who can lead, according to the New York Times.
The Associated Press reports that after years of protests and petitions to the anti-gay policy, change could be seen in as little as one week.
The Associated Press reports that gay-rights activists see this ban as another milestone in addition to the advances for gay marriage and the elimination of the ban on openly gay people in the military.
Recently the BSA received criticism for, "ousting Jennifer Tyrell, a lesbian mom, as a den leader of her son's Cub Scout pack in Ohio and for refusing to approve an Eagle Scout application by Ryan Andresen, a California teen who came out as gay last fall," according to the Associated Press.