"We don't want to see Scouting gerrymandered into blue and red districts," Hankins said.
Nancy Deveau, of Mansfield, accompanied her 10-year-old son, wearing his scout's uniform, to the rally at scouting HQ. She said she doesn't want Scout leaders to drop the ban.
"We wanted to pray for our Boy Scout leaders to keep our values," she said.
Crary reported from New York City.
Associated Press writers Jamie Stengle in Irving, Texas, and Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.