Boy Scouts from the Chief Seattle Council carry U.S. flags as they prepare to march in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Seattle. The Boy Scouts of America, in the most contentious change of membership policy in a 103-year history, will accept openly gay youths in Scout units starting on New Year’s Day 2014. Elaine Thompson/AP
From Jan. 1, 2014, the Boy Scouts of America will no longer bar gay youth. While some churches have dropped the Scouts because of the new policy, the majority of the organization’s members and sponsors are staying. A new conservative alternative Trail Life USA will also launch in January.