Gov. Rick Perry compares support for BSA gay ban to opposition of slavery

Gov. Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry is still adamant about his opposition to gay youth and leaders in the Boy Scouts.

While the decision to allow gay youth into the organization will be voted on later this month, Perry appeared on the anti-gay Family Research Council’s Stand With Scouts Sunday show yesterday to voice his disdain for gay Scouts.

He appeared from the library in the governor’s mansion, and compared the gay ban to slavery, saying the BSA should reject pop culture like the greatest governor in Texas’s history, Gov. Sam Houston, opposed slavery.

“That’s the type of principled leadership, that’s the type of courage that I hope people across this country on this issue of Scouts and keeping the Boy Scouts the organization that it is today,” he said. “If we change and become more like pop culture, young men will be not as well served. America will not be as well served, and Boy Scouts will start on a decline that I don’t think will serve this country well as we go into the future.”

Perry also said he hopes the push for LGBT equality as the “flavor of the month” won’t override the BSA’s moral history.

“I know there are those in the world today that would tear that apart. But the fact is this is a private organization,” Perry said. “Their values and principles have worked for a century now. And for pop culture to come in and try to tear that up because it just happens to be, you know, the flavor of the month so to speak and to tear apart one of the great organizations that have served millions of young men, helped them to become men and become great fathers. That is just not appropriate. Frankly, I hope the American people will stand up and say, ‘Not on my watch.’”

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—  Anna Waugh

Drawing Dallas

Former Houstonian Kerman Sykes calls Dallas home, but Jamaica looms large

SketchMARK STOKES  | Illustrator
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Name and age: Kerman Sykes, 23

Occupation: Student at UNT majoring in music education; part-time dancer at Zippers

Spotted at: Kroger on the Strip
Tall, handsome Kerman Sykes brings a little Caribbean breeze to the great state of Texas. Born in Huntsville to a Jamaican mother and American father, Kerman spent his early years in Kingston, Jamaica, until his family moved back to the States when he was 3.

Making music. His phenomenal natural singing talent has won him numerous regional and state choir championships and garnered him a full scholarship to Sam Houston for vocal/music. R&B and soul are favorites, and he is inspired by R. Kelly and Beyonce.

Sports play a big role in his life. Basketball is his sport of choice, and he has competed in the annual Sprite Basketball Tournament for the last several years. Kerman also spends time focusing on his fitness: He works out three times a week and it shows.

Kerman came out unexpectedly at age 15 when a girlfriend caught him in a precarious situation with the quarterback of his high school football team. If you have to come out, that’s a pretty spectacular way of doing it!

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 28, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas