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Disgruntled Boy Scout leaders are planning to create a separate scouting organization in reaction to the decision Thursday to allow gay children to take part in the Boy Scouts of America.

More than 60 percent of the BSA National Council voted Thursday to end the ban on gay scouts.

Nearly 1,400 delegates cast ballots. The vote came after months of discussions at nearly all levels.

The resolution simply says, "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."

The resolution takes effect Jan. 1. A prohibition on openly gay adult leaders remains in place.

The decision is offensive to many churches that sponsor Boy Scout troops who believe it violates the oath to be “morally straight."

Bishop Paul Loverde of the Arlington Catholic Diocese, which covers 68 parishes across Northern Virginia, said Friday the vote “forces us to prayerfully reconsider” staying in Scouting.

A national group called On My Honor will meet next month in Louisville, Ky. “with other likeminded organizations, parents and [Boy Scouts of America] members” to create an alternate scout organization.

“We hoped to keep sex and politics out of scouting,” the On My Honor website says.

Wayne Perry, the national president of the Boy Scouts, said "no matter how you feel about this issue, everyone agrees that kids are better off in scouting," which teaches the values of character, values and leadership.

"The Boy Scouts of America will not sacrifice its mission, or the youth served by the movement, by allowing the organization to be consumed by a single, divisive, and unresolved societal issue," the BSA said.

The BSA said there are no plans to revisit the decision.

On the other hand, the On My Honor group said the "BSA can no longer use the phrase ‘Timeless Values’ in good faith. It has demonstrated that the organization’s values are governed by changing tides of polls, politics and public opinion."

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