HOUSTON -

The Sam Houston Area Council voted to continue the ban on gay boy scouts and leaders.

Most board members with the local council didn't want to comment before Monday's meeting.

Many were torn over the decision to support the current national membership policy for the boy scouts.

The current policy says the organization will not ask about an employee's, volunteer or members sexual orientation.

But, it will not grant membership to those who are open or engage in behavior that would "become a distraction."

board member Allison Cambre told Local 2, "It's primary a national issue. The local council doesn't decide. It can only give input."

Board member James Douglas, says he doesn't want people to focus on the controversy, but on the good the organization brings to lives of young men.

" I was a boy scout, my son is a boy scout I think the skills and value you learn from the Boy Scouts is invaluable. No matter what the outcome is."

The national the Boy Scouts will vote at the end of May during a meeting in Dallas.