AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

Gov. Rick Perry says he's disappointed with the Boy Scouts of America allowing openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts.

The organization's National Council voted Thursday to ease its long-standing ban.

Perry is an Eagle Scout and wrote a 2008 book praising the organization and saying it should continue to exclude openly gay members. In February, he dismissed bending the group to the whims of "popular culture."
    
The governor released a statement Thursday night saying BSA "has been built upon the values of faith and family for more than 100 years, and today's decision contradicts generations of tradition in the name of political correctness."
    
Perry added: "While I will always cherish my time as a scout and the life lessons I learned, I am greatly disappointed with this decision."