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Mon, 27 May 1991 17:44:00 EDT
I picked this up off the net a few days ago. What do you guys think about
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> LOS ANGELES (UPI) -- The Boy Scouts of America are entitled to prevent
>an openly homosexual man from becoming a Scout leader in order to
>``achieve its expressive goals,'' a judge ruled Tuesday.
> The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the long-standing
>civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a former Eagle Scout forced to quit
>Scouting after he acknowledged his homosexuality, immediately condemned
> ``I think many people are going to be surprised with the judge's
>conclusion that part of the mission of the Boy Scouts is to be anti-gay,
>'' Jon Davidson, the ACLU attorney.
> Timothy Curran, the 29-year-old former Scout who sued the Mt. Diablo
>Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said he was disappointed, but
>vowed to pursue the case.
> ``I will not give up my fight to have the same kind of opportunities
>as everyone else in this country and not be judged differently because
>of whom I love,'' he said.
> In her ruling, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Sally Disco accepted
>the Boy Scout's position that a significant part of the goals of the
>organization is to express the view that homosexuality is immoral. She
>held that the organization has a right to ``get across its preferred
>message in its preferred way.''
> In an earlier phase of the case, Disco ruled last November that the
>Boy Scouts are a business establishment under state law and as such, are
>generally subject to the state civil rights act, which prohibits
>discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin,
>physical disability and sexual orientation.
> Her latest decision does not alter that result, but holds that the U.
>S. Constitution prevents California from satisfying the ``compelling
>interest in eradicating discrimination'' because to do so, in her view,
>would interfere with the Boy Scouts' ``ability to achieve its expressive
Tell me what you think! :)
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