More than 60 elected officials from Texas have signed on to an open letter calling on the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to keep its ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.

BSA leaders were set to vote on a proposal which would lift the national ban and allow local chapters to decide the issue. Instead, the BSA announced last month that it would allow the 1,400 voting members of the national council to decide the issue when they meet in May.

“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 states. “Capitulating to the liberal social agenda not only undermines the very principles of scouting, but sets the stage for the erosion of an organization that has defined the American experience for generations of young men.”

“[T]he contemplated national policy would throw to the wolves chartering organizations and scout troops that choose to stick with scouting's historic and legally protected policy.”

“Rest assured that while adopting this ill-considered and wrongly devised policy might earn temporary kudos, you can never do enough to appease those who want to see the scouts robbed of their moral authority.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC), praised the group's action in an email to supporters.

“Gov. Rick Perry, and now over 60 fellow elected officials in Texas, are showing the Boy Scouts that they're not alone in standing for their values,” Perkins said. “As leaders from the Boy Scouts organization meet in Texas, we hope that seeing the solidarity of so many Texas leaders will encourage them to reaffirm their current policy on homosexuality.”