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J. R. Madden (jmadden@OTB.COM)
Mon, 14 Jul 1997 16:14:04 -0500
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Saturday July 12 4:09 AM EDT
Girl continues attempt to sue Boy Scouts
SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 11 (UPI) _ A 13-year-old girl who wants to join
the Boy Scouts of America says the organization discriminated against her
when it denied her admission based on gender.
Katrina Yeaw's attorney filed a petition Friday asking the California
Supreme Court to review her lawsuit against the Boy Scouts.
According to an appeals court, the organization is not a business
establishment and, therefore, is not subject to the laws which prohibit
Attorney Gloria Allred contends the Boy Scouts of America engages in
numerous business activities in California and also that Yeaw has a right
to have the issue decided on the individual facts of her case.
The California 3rd District Court of Appeals stated that ``a defining
characteristic of totalitarian governments is the preemption of all private
organizations and conversion of them into instruments of state policy.''
Allred responds with, ``a defining characteristic of many totalitarian
governments is the enforced subordination of women through gender
segregation and the denial to women and girls of equal opportunities and in
some cases any opportunity to participate in democratic ways with men and
Yeaw, who is a Girl Scout, says she wants to be a Boy Scout to learn about
outdoor life, nature and wilderness survival. Her twin brother, Daniel
Yeaw, is a Boy Scout. Her father, Jim Yeaw, has been a Boy Scout leader for
Yeaw's father says that unlike the Girl Scouts, ``The Boy Scouts is the
only organization in the USA that is affliated with the world organization
of scouting and that offers the scouting program originated by Robert
Borden Powell in 1907.''
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City