The father of former Boy Scout Ryan Andresen prays that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will end its ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.

The BSA's national board will consider ending the ban and allowing local chapters to decide the issue at its regularly scheduled meeting, which begins Monday.

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Last year, Andresen, 18, was denied an Eagle Scout award after he completed the work needed to earn it because he is gay. The incident added pressure to the BSA to reconsider its policy.

In an on-camera interview with the AP, Eric Andresen, Ryan's father, said he is praying for change.

“I would say 90 percent of the responses that we received and the comments we've received have all been positive, incredibly positive,” Eric Andresen said. “There were scoutmasters out there that were willing to sign Ryan's application for him. There were councils who said they would put it through, if Ryan wanted to go that route.”

“He's thrilled that this policy change would allow so many more scouts to be able to stay in scouting, to experience the program, and earn their Eagle award or have the chance to earn their Eagle award without having to hide.”

“I can only pray that BSA does the right thing next week. And it's only one step in the right direction, it's not the whole thing yet; BSA needs to end discrimination across the board,” he added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Obama: Scouting should be open to gays.)