(KCEN) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry says the Boy Scouts should maintain it's strict no gays membership policy.
He spoke at a scout rally today in Austin.
It's the Texas Scouts' 64th Annual Report to State event, where hundreds of troops from around Texas took to the capital Saturday.
This year's theme "Prepared for the Future", a concept the organization is dealing with first hand, as a decision to allow openly gay members looms ahead.
Some members are prepared to stand against it.
Boy Scouts Troop Leader Chris Kirby says, "It's not hate. It's not bigotry. It's a choice about how to raise my children in what I perceive to be my Christian values. If yours are different, great, take your values in places where people agree with you."
At the event Governor Rick Perry addressed the crowd, speaking of his own experiences as a Boy Scout.
He also made it clear that his opinion on adding openly gay members hadn't changed since he wrote about the issue in his 2008 book titled On my Honor.
"Scouting is about teaching a substantial amount of life lessons, sexuality is not one of them. Never has been and doesn't need to be," says Governor Perry.
A decision could come as soon as next week.
If passed, individual troops would hold the right to decide whether to allow gay members or not an idea some are on board with.
According to Christina lee "I hope the decision is left up to the charter organizations. It's really depending on your group and who is in your group and how they feel about things."
The National Executive Board for Scouts will meet Monday through Wednesday.