Jennifer Tyrrell and Zach Wahls on Wednesday responded to the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) delay on deciding whether to end its national ban on gay scouts and leaders.

The BSA's national board was considering a proposal which would allow local chapters to decide the issue for themselves. Citing the issue's complexity, the board instead announced it was delaying the decision until May.

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Appearing on CNN before the decision was announced, Tyrrell, the Ohio mom who was ousted as den leader of her son's Boy Scout troop because she is a lesbian, became emotional, saying the issue was “very personal” for her.

“Scouting is special. We loved it,” a tearful Tyrrell said. “In fact, I was the last person to expect to love it, to be completely honest. But I saw a change in him. I saw him come out of his shell. He changed; he just became a better person, so did I.”

In a statement provided by GLAAD, Tyrrell said that the Boy Scouts had “failed to be brave today.”

“The Boy Scouts had the chance to help countless young people and devoted parents, but they've failed us yet again. No parent should have to look their child in the eye and explain that the Boy Scouts don't want us. Our fight will continue and we will continue to educate donors and supporters of the Boy Scouts about the effects of their anti-gay policy.”

Wahls, the founder of Scouts for Equality, a leading voice calling for an end to the ban, called the decision an “abdication of responsibility.”

“By postponing this decision, the BSA has caved to those who argue that their anti-gay attitudes trump basic Scouting values of kindness, courtesy and bravery. Scouting was built on a foundation of respect and dignity. Today, the BSA cracked that foundation.”