Opponents of gay rights on Thursday lamented a decision to allow openly gay youth in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

At its annual gathering outside Dallas, Texas, 61 percent of the roughly 1,400 volunteer leaders from scouting's 270 councils approved a proposal put forth by the BSA to end its ban on openly gay scouts. The resolution, which takes effect January 1, keeps in place a ban on gay adults.

That was little consolation to Bryan Fischer of the Christian conservative American Family Association (AFA), who tweeted an epitaph for the BSA.

“Epitaph: On this day, the Boy Scouts of America died, sacrificing their honor and the sexual integrity of young men,” Fischer messaged.

Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel called the decision “so sad.”

“Rich 100-year history of @BoyScouts as 'honorable' & 'morally straight' ends in disgrace,” he messaged to his nearly 15,000 followers on Twitter.

The Family Research Council (FRC), which had lobbied the BSA not to adopt the new policy, also expressed disappointment.

“Sadly, the @BoyScouts' legacy of producing great leaders has become yet another casualty of moral compromise,” the group tweeted.