Groups opposed to gay rights are cheering the Boy Scouts of America's decision to keep its policy of excluding openly gay scouts and leaders.

The organization announced on Tuesday that it was upholding its policy after conducting a confidential two-year review.

“They deserve a major pat on the back,” said the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC). “They have defied the winds of political correctness and have said 'no' to a culture that wants us to accept as normative a pattern of sexual behavior which clearly violates God's intended design for men and women.”

FRC's Peter Sprigg re-tweeted a tweet from conservative Gary Bauer: “(Or as Scouts.) RT @garylbauer: Kudos to the @boyscouts for reaffirming their policy against homosexuals serving as scoutmasters.”

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association (AFA) told listeners on Tuesday that the organization had asked him to “call off the dogs.”

“So many of you called, that I got a call from Boy Scout headquarters: 'Call off the dogs, we're not going to do it. We're not going to change our standards,'” he told listeners. “We are fighting a winnable war.”