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Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
Texas Gov. Rick Perry once wrote a book about the Boy Scouts and the group's role in upholding conservative values, so it's probably to be expected that he is upset by its decision to allow openly gay scouts.
"The Boy Scouts of America has been built upon the values of faith and family for more than 100 years and (Thursday's) decision contradicts generations of tradition in the name of political correctness," Perry said in a statement. "While I will always cherish my time as a scout and the life lessons I learned, I am greatly disappointed with this decision."
The Boy Scouts of America's vote overturns a 22-year ban on openly gay scouts. The organization will continue to ban openly gay adults from leadership roles, such as scoutmaster.
Perry wrote On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts are Worth Fighting For in 2008. In the book, Perry details how the organization has been involved in culture war battles for years. He is an Eagle Scout and still sometimes wears his pin.