Texas Governor Rick Perry is comparing keeping gays and lesbians out of the Boy Scouts of America to fighting against slavery.
With an organization’s national executive board set to vote this month on a proposal that would drop a ban on gay members, Perry was among those who appeared on the anti-gay Family Research Council’s program Stand With Scouting Sunday.
The proposal continues to ban gay and lesbian adults from being involved in the organization.
Perry described opposing allowing gays in scouting as the same ‘type of principled leadership … the type of courage’ that one his long-ago predecessors, Governor Sam Houston, displayed when he opposed slavery and opposed leaving the union in the pre-Civil War era.
‘The fact is, this is a private organization,’ Perry said. ‘Their values and principles have worked for a century now. And for pop culture to come in and try to tear that up, which happens to be the flavor of the month so to speak, and to tear apart one of the great organizations that has served millions of young men, helped them become men and great fathers, that is just not appropriate and I hope the American people will stand up and say, "Not on my watch."’
He added: ‘And if we change and become more like pop culture, young men will be not as well served. America will not be as well served, and Boy Scouts will start on a decline that I don’t think will serve this country well as we go into the future.’