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Governor Rick Perry of Texas believes that the Boy Scouts of America should not weaken its strict policy banning gay members.
According to the NY Times, Perry wishes for the organization to steadfast to its conservative values and urges them not to bend to “popular culture.”
Mr. Perry credits the organization for being the prime reason why he decided to join the Air Force, and later made his way to public office. He has made it clear that he is discouraged by the organization for not adhering to its core values. Perry blames this loosening of values for the high pregnancy rate in teens and youths who grow up to be “men joining their fathers in prison,” as stated in CBS News.
“I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position and neither do I,” Perry said.
In 2008, Perry, an Eagle Scout, authored the book On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts are Worth Fighting For.
The Boy Scouts of America reinstated the no-gays policy seven months ago. However, this proposal will be discussed at a meeting with the Scouts’ national executive board on Monday.
Voting could take place to change policies.