(Grapevine, TX)  --   The Boy Scouts of America will allow openly gay youth members.  The organization released a statement saying it will not sacrifice its mission or the youth it serves by being consumed by a "derisive, unresolved societal issue."  The decision was made in a vote today near Dallas where more than one-thousand delegates gathered from across the U.S.  The statement said while people may have different views on homosexuality, everyone can agree that kids are better off when they are scouting. 

The vote does not affect the organization's ban on gay scout leaders.