Boy Scouts of America board member James Turley, the global chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young, opposes the group's gay ban.

MSNBC quotes Turley as saying on Tuesday that his experience had led him “to believe that an inclusive environment” was “ important throughout our society.”

“I support the meaningful work of the Boy Scouts in preparing young people for adventure, leadership, learning and service, however the membership policy is not one I would personally endorse,” Turley said in a statement. “I intend to continue to work from within the BSA Board to actively encourage dialogue and sustainable progress.”

Turley's remarks come after gay rights activist Zach Wahls formed a new group to lobby the Boys Scouts to drop its ban on openly gay membership and delivered a petition signed by 275,000 people calling on the group to reinstate Jennifer Tyrrell.

(Related: Zach Wahls criticizes study claiming negative outcomes for kids of gay parents.)

Tyrrell is the 32-year-old Ohio mom who in April was ousted as den leader of her son's Boy Scout troop because she is a lesbian. She launched the petition to bring awareness of the Boy Scouts' policy banning openly gay scouts and leaders.

A resolution which would allow individual charter organizations to decide for themselves whether to accept openly gay members and leaders was introduced last week.

Spokesman Deron Smith, however, warned that the “introduction of a resolution does not indicate the organization is 'reviewing' a policy or signal a change in direction.”