Bishop Harry Jackson has suggested that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is being blackmailed to drop its ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.

Jackson, a minister at the Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, came to prominence fighting against the District of Columbia's gay marriage law and last year's effort to pass a similar law in Maryland.

On Wednesday, the BSA decided to delay until May a decision on whether to end its national policy and allow local chapters to decide the issue.

Appearing on the Christian Broadcasting Network's (CBN) 700 Club, Jackson urged the Scouts to “come clean” with their “dirty laundry.”

“They probably have some dirty laundry that is kind of being held over their head, meaning folks are going to make accusations about improprieties over long periods of time that have happened and call them hypocrites. So, I'd say if you got anything that's been done wrong just come clean with it and simply say, 'We want to maintain our reputation and we want to continue to train the next generation of leaders.' I believe that the folks who want a gay organization can create their own. And that this is really totally legal, what they're doing. And it's not discrimination.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)