Texas Gov. Rick Perry is raising some eyebrows for a conversation with the conservative group Family Research Council in which he refers to gay rights as 'the flavor of the month,' 1200 WOAI news reports.
Perry, who is an Eagle Scout and who wrote a 2008 book extolling the virtues of scouting, was talking with FRC President Tony Perkins for his 'Stand Up for Scouting' event, urging the Boy Scouts of America to hold firm to its principals on excluding gay scouts and scoutmasters.
"For pop culture to come in and try to tear that up because it just happens to be the flavor of the month, so to speak," Perry said.
The Boy Scouts are considering amending their policy to allow gay boys up to the age of 18, but not gay scoutmasters.
Perry said the Scouts should hold firm.
"If we change and become more like pop culture, young men will be not as well served, America will not be as well served," he said.
And then Perry made one comment that has a lot of people talking. He compared people who stand against gay rights with former Texas Gov. Sam Houston, who lost the governorship in 1860 over his opposition to Texas seceding from the United States.
"He was against slavery, and he stood up, and very passionately said, Texas doesn't need to leave this union, and he was right, but it cost him his governorship."
Actually, Houston was a slave holder who thought it was impractical for the southern states to start a war with the north that he was convinced they would lose.