The Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday reaffirmed its policy of excluding openly gay scouts and leaders.

The organization said it was upholding the policy after conducting a confidential two-year review.

Deron Smith, the Scouts' national spokesman, told the AP that an 11-member committee concluded that the gay ban is “absolutely the best policy” for the organization.

“The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting,” Bob Mazzuca, the organization's chief executive. “We fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.”

Jennifer Tyrrell launched a petition to bring awareness of the policy after she was ousted as den leader of her son's Boy Scout troop because she's a lesbian. Tyrrell was expected to deliver 300,000 petition signatures to the Boy Scouts of America's national headquarters in Dallas on Wednesday.

“A secret committee of 11 people can't ignore the hundreds of thousands of people around the country – including thousands of Eagle Scouts, scout families, and former scouts – that want the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders removed,” said Tyrrell. “This campaign doesn't stop, and we will continue to show the Boy Scouts that discrimination and intolerance have no place in scouting. On Wednesday, I look forward to sharing with the BSA thousands of comments from families like mine that say the time is now to end this anti-gay policy.”

Two members of the national executive board – Ernst & Young CEO James Turley and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson – have publicly announced they would try to work from within to change the policy.