Updated Wed, Feb 6, 2013 2:19 pm
The Boy Scouts of America's national executive board has delayed a decision on whether to lift its longstanding ban on gay scouts and leaders.
BSA says the organization will take action on the resolution at its national meeting in May.
The organization is considering a shift of its policy, which has led officials to remove gay leaders and scouts.
That consideration has pushed years of debate over the policy to an even higher level.
Early reaction to the delay from gay-rights supporters was harshly critical of the BSA.
A Belmont County mother who was ousted from her post as a Cub Scout volunteer because she's a lesbian said the Scouts "failed to be brave."
Jennifer Tyrrell said BSA had a chance to help children and parents who have been excluded.