The Boy Scouts of America is considering dropping a longtime ban on gay members, according to a spokesman.
"The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,'' spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement obtained by FoxNews.com. "This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, but that the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization's mission, principles or religious beliefs."
Smith added that the youth development organization has been in contact with families to determine its best interests.
"BSA members and parents would be able to choose a local unit which best meets the needs of their families," he said.
More than 2.6 million scouts and 1 million adults were involved in Boy Scouts of America in 2012, according to its website.
SOURCE: Fox News