The Boy Scouts of America could allow gay members and troop leaders as early as next week, according to USA Today.
The announcement is a stunning reversal of the policy set in 2012, which reaffirmed a decades-long ban on openly gay members. Since then, a petition to reverse the policy has been signed 1.2 million times at Change.org.
The new gay-friendly ruling needs approval from the national board, which meets next week.
The policy won't dictate that all scouting groups should receive gay members. Rather, it will allow the Boy Scouts' 290 local councils and other sponsoring groups to set their own policy.
Posted 12:55pm PST.