As a Scout, I was overjoyed to hear that the Boy Scouts of America has voted to lift the ban on gay scouts ("Boy Scouts of America votes to end ban on gay scouts," May 24).

Whether or not someone is gay is completely irrelevant when it comes to being an upright citizen and a decent human being, which is what scouting is all about.

No one should be barred from such a fulfilling experience for simply being themselves. Well done for the BSA. It's a step in the right direction.

Andrew Dobson