Boy Scouts of America and Cub Scout troops carry a large American flag during the LibertyFest Fourth of July parade in Edmond, Okla., July 4, 2011. Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman/AP
A Boy Scout reads a report from his home district to Gov. Rick Perry during the annual Boy Scouts Parade and Report to State in the House Chambers at the Texas State Capitol, Feb. 2, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Eric Gay/AP
Wes Comer holds the Boy Scout uniform of his son, Isaiah, outside their home in Knoxville, Tenn. Mr. Comer, whose family attends an Apostolic Pentecostal church that considers homosexuality sinful, had been wrestling with whether to pull his eldest son out of the Scouts if the no-gays policy was abandoned. "...I'm forced to ask myself, 'Would I turn a homosexual child away from Sunday School? From a church function? Would I forbid my children to be friends with a gay child?' I can't imagine a situation where I would answer 'yes' to any of those questions. So how can I in this one?" he wrote in an e-mail May 24, 2013. Brooke Comer/AP
Pascal Tessier, 16 (l.), a Boy Scout, and his brother Lucien Tessier, 20, who had earned the rank of Eagle Scout, pose for a portrait with their parents, Oliver Tessier and Tracie Felker, at their home in Kensington, Md., Feb. 4, 2013. The two Tessier boys enjoyed Cub Scouts, progressed to Boy Scouts, and continued to thrive there even as many in their troop became aware that each boy was gay. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Scott Hines, scoutmaster for Troop 16 and his son, Garrett, pray during a prayer vigil in the First Baptist Church Moores Lane in Texarkana, Texas, Feb. 5, 2013. Members of the troop, parents, and others prayed that the Boy Scouts of America would continue to keep its policy of excluding gay scouts and scoutmasters. Adam Sacasa/Texarkana Gazette/AP
An Eagle Scout patch is displayed on a scout's uniform in Orlando, Fla., May 30, 2012. David Manning/Reuters
Members of Girl Scout Daisies Troop 4574 stand alongside the wax figure of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts a century ago. The troop was visiting The Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds in Washington, D.C., on May 9, 2012. The Presidents Gallery/Madame Tussauds/PRNewsFoto
Chief Master Sgt. Bill Ross, a 35-year Air Force veteran (l.), and boy scouts Tyler Pollock, 19, and Liam Gallagher, 12, salute in honor of war veterans, Nov. 11, 2010, in Freeport, Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/AP
Christine MacLeod, 12, of Eastern Massachusetts Girl Scout Troop 71911 works on a customer's order while selling cookies at the Harvard Square subway stop on Jan. 4, 2013, in Cambridge, Mass. Ann Hermes/Staff
More than 45,000 boy scouts salute during the singing of the national anthem July 28 as part of the Boy Scouts of America 2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. Cherie Cullen/Department of Defense/AP
Boy scouts from Troop 485 practice boating skills in Arizona's Salt River in preparation for an excursion on Lake Powell. Robert Harbison/The Christian Science Monitor
This 1912 photo provided by Amelia England shows Amelia "Milly" Bowden England, top row far right, posing with Boy Scouts and other members of the Girl Scouts Thistle Troop at the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in New Bedford, Mass. Ms. England joined the organization in 1914, two years after its inception in 1912. AP
Boy Scouts of America board members are set to take on the organization's national ban on gay membership this week. Groups in support and against the policy have converged on Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Texas, where a vote on the ban is expected Wednesday.
Boy Scouts of America board members will meet this week to debate ending a controversial national ban on gay membership, prompting groups both for and against the move to converge on its Texas headquarters for demonstrations.