Jeff Purdy, Scout executive for the Buckskin Council in Charleston, was in Texas for the vote.
There were 1,232 votes cast. Of those, 757 -- or 61.44 percent -- voted for the resolution.
Purdy was a non-voting delegate. There were three voting delegates from the council, but those votes have not been disclosed because of the secret ballot format.
Purdy said the atmosphere in the room when the result was read was subdued.
"There was no applause, no gasps or sighs," he said. "Everyone was just relieved the process was finished."
Purdy said protesters were kept away from voting delegates and everyone acted in a Scout-like manner. In addition, he said all arguments for and against the resolution were well expressed.
Purdy said he would continue to enforce the national policy regarding gay Scout leaders. He said he has never had an issue with it before and would handle any future issue on a case-by-case basis.
He said he's never removed someone from the Boy Scout ranks because of sexual orientation. He wants to put the issue in the past and get back to Scouting.
"We are focused on giving everyone a chance to be in Scouting and this recent vote aids in that effort," Purdy said.
In a statement released after the vote, Larry Hudson, Buckskin Council president, said, "I believe this update to our policy will allow all kids who sincerely want to be a part of Scouting to experience this life-changing program while remaining true to the long-standing virtues of Scouting.
"While people have different opinions about this policy, we can all agree that kids are better off when they are in Scouting. We believe good people can disagree and still work together to accomplish great things for youth. Going forward, we will work to stay focused on that which unites us," the statement read.
The resolution takes effect Jan. 1. If any Scout comes out before that date, the decision falls to that Scout's individual council.
"Jan. 1 is a good date for gay youth to put on their calendar," Willits said. "Fairness is a priority in Scouting."
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