Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t want to see any changes in the Boy Scouts.
After a speech to a gathering of Texas Scouts, the Lone Star State Republican told reporters he wished the Boy Scouts would not change its prohibition against gay members.
‘Hopefully the board will follow their historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of the values that make Scouting this very important and impactful organization,’ Perry said, as reported by the Fresno Bee.
This past week there was much talk the BSA was considering altering its national policy. This would put the power in the hands of local chapters, so the ban could remain in parts of the country.
Fred Sainz, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, noted Perry ‘has chosen to be on the wrong side of history.’
‘Governor Perry and the Boy Scouts are both completely out of touch with where America is going on this issue,’ Sainz continued, as the Fresno Bee reported. ‘There should be one national, non-discrimination policy. We can’t quite wrap our heads around why that is so difficult to do in 2013.’
The HRC is the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the US.
In 2008, Perry wrote a book called On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For. The book explained why he thought the Scouts should hold on to conservative values.
The governor is well known for supporting traditional causes. In his ill fated Republican presidential primary, Perry was vocal in his opposition to gay marriage and LGBT troops serving openly.