UNDATED (CBS) -- It's been a Boy Scout policy for decades, one even upheld by the Supreme Court. But now the national organization is re-considering its controversial ban on gay members.
With a past defined by a 100 year history, the Boy Scouts are facing a change that will alter its future a change that some members welcome.
Richard Meyerdirk is a den leader of Maryland's Pack 442, which posted a message on its website saying it would not discriminate based on sexual orientation. The Boy Scouts ordered it removed. Meyerdirk says, "We just want to stand up and keep the momentum going so that they do the right thing here and change their membership policy."
More than a million people have signed petitions protesting the Scouts anti-gay policy. And corporate sponsors like UPS and Merck have stopped financial contributions.
But some conservatives remain staunchly opposed to the change. In a statement, the family research council said if the organization "capitulates to the bullying of homosexual activists, the boy scouts' legacy of producing great leaders will become yet another casualty of moral compromise."
If the policy is changed, local troops would decide whether to admit gay members. Evan Wolfson says, "Finally, the leadership is starting to listen to the voice of its members."
In 2000 Evan Wolfson argued, and lost, a Supreme Court case challenging the ban. He says, "A lot has changed in America since that 5 to 4 ruling in 2000. The military used to discriminate against gay people serving our country. The military no longer discriminates. Americans did not understand why gay people needed the freedom to marry. Now nine states plus the District of Columbia have gay couples sharing in the freedom to marry."