The Boy Scouts of America announced they are considering dropping a ban on homosexual members – a dramatic move denounced by some religious liberty groups and scouts.

“The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,” spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement. “This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation.”

The Boy Scouts, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010, said they will still exclude atheists.

Smith said the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with each organization’s mission, principles, or religious beliefs.

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