The Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on openly gay adult leaders.

FOX News Radio's Tonya J. Powers has more.

Boy Scout President Robert Gates, the former U.S. Defense Secretary, says he didn't think a long-standing ban could last:

(Gates) "Any effort to do so was inevitably going to result in simulations legal battles in multiple jurisdictions and at staggering cost."

But there is a compromise -- church-sponsored Boy Scout units can pick their own volunteer leaders... Something that doesn't sit well with Jason Rahlan, who's with the Human Rights Campaign.

(Rahlan) "Including an exemption for troops sponsored by religious organizations, undermines and diminishes the historic nature of today's decision."

The Mormon Church, which sponsors more scout units than any other group, calls the move troubling.

Tonya J. Powers, FOX News Radio.