Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: New Jersey Decision
Re: New Jersey Decision
nathan alan beauheim
Thu, 5 Aug 1999 12:14:56 -0600
On Thu, 5 Aug 1999, Joseph Macone wrote:
> I'm not a lawyer, so this may be a dumb question, but, if a sponsor denies
> an adult a leadership position because he's gay, what legal action does that
> open the sponsor up to, if any?
I don't see why it would open the sponsor to any legal action at all.
Right now, a unit can deny ANYONE for ANY reason, or even not have a
reason at all. This is one of the reasons that you can have an all-LDS,
all-Jewish, all-Martian troop if you want to. To the best of my
knowledge, any 3G lawsuit that went anywhere resulted from someone either
being a member and being asked to leave by Council (and hence by
National); or being ACCEPTED by a troop and REJECTED by COUNCIL.
We had something of this sort come up in my troop not long ago. We had a
scout and his parent try to join who are famous for causing trouble in a
number of troops in the District. When they came to visit, we told them
we had no space, so sorry. Being a litiguous individual (one of the
reasons we didn't want this individual in our troop) the mother threatened
to sue. Our Scout Exec's response to that, and I quote, "Screw Her!" We
haven't heard anything since.
ASM, Youth Leadership and Order of the Arrow, Troop 459
Great Southwest Council, Albuquerque, NM
> Thanks for your thoughts!
> Joe Macone
> Scoutmaster, Troop 302
> Arlington, Massachusetts
> Patriot District - Boston Minuteman Council
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