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Texas Boy Scouts meet at Capitol as homosexuality issue looms

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Boy Scouts from all over the state of Texas marched down Congress Avenue on Saturday morning ending up at the State Capitol where a Scout from each Area Council would report to Governor Rick Perry on the highlights of their year.

But the looming question was --- will the Boy Scouts of America landscape look much different at next years parade?

"The current policy of the Boy Scouts of America is that you cannot be an openly gay youth or adult and be an official member of the organization," said Charles Mead, a spokesperson for the BSA.

He says the board is considering dropping the blanket restriction on gays and allowing the different sponsors to decide what's best for their Troop on a local level.


"At the end of the day, we're trying to do whatever we do with the young people that we serve in mind. We always tend to do the best work whenever we keep them at the center of the discussion and move out from there," Mead said.

We spoke with several parents who didn't want to be identified but they did share their opinion on the prospect of homosexuals being welcomed.

"I do not think it's a sin, so I don't think that it's against their moral code," one parent said.

"I don't even think if we had homosexual leaders it would ever come up. But if it did, we deal with it. We would talk about it, it's not scary," said one parent.

Others weren't so keen on it.

"If they do decide to change their principles, then we are definitely going to consider removing our boys from the program. Unfortunately...because I really love the program," said one parent.

Governor Perry, an Eagle Scout himself, shared his views with Fox 7.

"Scouting is about teaching a substantial amount of life lessons. Sexuality is not one of them. It never has been, it doesn't need to be. and I suggest that's the real issue that's going on here," Perry said.

He's hoping the Scouts will stick to their values.

"You know, I think most people see absolutely no reason to change their position...and neither do I," Perry said.

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