Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: This just in....
Re: This just in....
Wed, 4 Aug 1999 12:22:47 -0400
On Wed, 4 Aug 1999, Jason Cruse wrote:
> I just talked to an attorney (and scouter) who has these thoughts:
> 1) another appeal is possible to the US Supreme Court and
When was the last time the Supreme court ruled on a "gay" issue?
The last couple of years the Supreme Court has taken fewer and fewer cases
(about half what it did 20 years ago) and many of them are where different
appeals courts have taken different positions. Since this case seems
entirely about a state law and the state supreme court was unanimous, the
court seems unlikely to take it.
> 2) if BSA is forced to make a policy change, it will likely be the same as
> BSA's policy on girls, i.e., leave it to the chartered partners to make the
> decisions. As such, he can foresee that some chartered partners (notable,
> many religions) will make statements about homosexuals in scouting. BSA
> would be more than happy to let the chartered partners fight this out,
> rather than BSA itself.
The Chartered Partner I wonder about is the Latter-Day Saints (Mormon).
Church policy is apparently that if you are gay and remain celibate, you
can be a member of the church in good standing. I have no doubt that the
Unitarian-Universalists would allow it...
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