The Brief: Top Texas News for Feb. 6, 2013

The Big Conversation

As the Boy Scouts of America prepared to reconsider its ban on gay membership, a slew of Texas officeholders jumped into the debate on Tuesday.

Days after Gov. Rick Perry publicly urged the organization to keep its policy refusing gay members and leaders, more than 40 Republican state officials did the same, signing on to an open letter released yesterday by Jonathan Saenz, president of the conservative group Texas Values.

"As state elected officials, we strongly encourage the Boy Scouts of America to stick with their decades of support for family values and moral principles," the letter reads ...

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