"We believe that any decision that strikes at the core of our 103-year history merits full input from all stakeholders in deliberation and discussion," the council states. The group also mentions that the issue has been a source of "emotional distress" with many of the council's leaders.
It's a move that could have a dramatic impact on the group's century-old relationship with its top sponsor: the Utah-based LDS Church.
Kay Godfrey, spokesman for council, said earlier this week that he was unaware of the proposal until reading it in the news but acknowledged that the question of gay members "is a major issue with regards to this state and our supporting organizations and a major change for the Boy Scouts."
Godfrey said that all the large sponsoring organizations have given input on the issue, but the spokesman had "no insight on how they responded."
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which got its Scouting charter in 1913, declined to comment Monday, saying it would be "inappropriate" to do so until a decision is reached.
The 14 million-member LDS Church has 420,977 youths in 37,882 Scouting units.
Scouting officials drew widespread criticism in recent months for ousting Jennifer Tyrrell, a lesbian mom, as a den leader of her son's Cub Scout pack in Ohio and for refusing to approve an Eagle Scout application by Ryan Andresen, a California teen who came out as gay last fall.