scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Dale Decision
Bill Nelson (bnelson45@HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 30 2000 - 11:47:24 CDT
On Sun, 30 Jul 2000 11:14:02 -0400, Dave Loomis <dloomis@NH.ULTRANET.COM> wrote:
> I think this was pretty much of a given, considering local
>anti-discrimination laws, and following the efforts of one city, Chicago
>I think, to remove Boy Scouting Units from city property even before
>this case came to court.
The problem with this town's proposed action is that it may be very unconstitutional. The courts have ruled, frequently, that if you have a public meeting place, you must allow all groups to meet there. This ordinance is specifically aimed at the Boy Scouts of America, a private organization, and is probably unconstitutional on 1st Ammendment grounds since it aims at trying to get the BSA to change its private policy. Definately government interferring with the internal affairs of a private organization.. It is not similar to the Chicago policy where they city simply stated they could not charter the BSA program in the city youth organizations.