Austin, TX, March 20, 2013 –Today, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst officially signed his name to a letter urging the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to hold true to their long-standing support of family values and traditional moral principles. Lt. Gov. Dewhurst announced his strong support for the Boy Scouts traditional values. A growing group of over 60 Texas elected officials have previously signed on to this important open letter.
“The future of the Boy Scouts of America is one of the most important issues currently facing our state and our nation. The support of Lt. Gov. Dewhurst is incredibly significant and we expect more leaders like him to step forward as the final vote in May approaches.” said Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values.
Last month, due to growing concern across the country, the National Executive Board of the BSA announced that a decision on changing its policy against openly homosexual scout leaders and members would be delayed until the May 2013 National Annual Meeting in Grapevine, TX. It had been expected that the Board would announce the BSA was abandoning their long-standing policy at their February 2013 meeting.
Since the announcement last month that the policy would be up for a vote in May, concern among scouts, scout leaders, parents, churches, and elected officials has grown as thousands of phone calls and emails flooded the BSA, encouraging the Boy Scouts to maintain their current policy against openly homosexual scout leaders and members. A petition has been launched urging the BSA to continue its constitutional, time-tested policy.
The Save Our Scouts Petition can be found at www.saveourscouts.net