President Barack Obama on Friday welcomed the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) decision to allow openly gay youth, but added that he hopes the BSA will not stop there.

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.

“The president welcomes the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to open its membership to all, regardless of sexual orientation,” White House spokesperson Shin Inouye told the Washington Blade. “He has long believed that the Scouts is a valuable organization that has helped educate and build character in American boys for more than a century.”

“He continues to believe that leadership positions in the Scouts should be open to all, regardless of sexual orientation.”

In an interview with CBS News' Scott Pelley broadcast in February, Obama said scouting should be open to all.

“[T]he Scouts are a great institution that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives. And I think that nobody should be barred from that,” Obama said.