Could allow gay scouts and leaders soon
Governor Perry, an Eagle Scout, says the Boy Scouts should resist pressure to change their policies on homosexuals.
"Scouting is about teaching a substantial amount of life lessons. Sexuality is not one of them."
But gay rights activists turned in a petition to the Irving-based Scouts Monday morning. They claimed to have 1.4-million signatures.
South Texas College of Law Professor Rocky Rhodes says freedom of association is an important part of the 1st Amendment.
"A key part of freedom is the ability of groups that have a certain belief to come together and express themselves with respect to that belief."
The Supreme Court has ruled the Boy Scouts don't have to accept gay scouts or leaders, but the pressure is on.
"In some areas they get some nice government benefits that are drying up due to their policies."
Professor Rhodes says the Scouts may allow individual chapters to decide the issue.
Hear the podcast with Matt Patrick and Houston's Morning News as he talks with Rhodes: