The ban on gay scouts was often unenforced and sometimes openly flouted, but the Family Research Council's president, Tony Perkins, said its official doom was the result of national council delegates "capitulat[ing] to strong-arm tactics" after a "concerted and manipulative effort by the national BSA leadership."
"[W]e will stand with those BSA Councils who will now act to protect boys from a new policy that only creates moral confusion and disrespects the views of the vast majority of Scouting parents," Perkins said.
Perkins predicted that "God will soon be ushered out of scouting," presumably referencing the continued Boy Scouts membership ban affecting nonreligious youth and adults.
Debate over the gay membership ban reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in the 2000 case Boy Scouts of America v. Dale that the organization has a right to banish undesired members.
A 2008 statement on the Boy Scouts national council's website explains the continued ban prohibiting nonreligious members.
"Boy Scouts of America believes that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God," says the statement. "Because of Scouting's methods and beliefs, Scouting does not accept atheists and agnostics as members or adult volunteer leaders."
Atheists have called on the Boy Scouts to knock down the ban on nonbelievers next. "If the Boy Scouts want to stay relevant, they need to finish the job," said August Brunsman, executive director of the Secular Student Alliance, a nonprofit that supports nonreligious high school and college students.