scouts-l Mail Archive for September of 2000: RFI: Discrimination
Fri Sep 01 2000 - 20:42:26 CDT
The Boy Scouts of America is discriminating. That is not
Then again, we all discriminate. We discriminate when we
buy Coke instead of Pepsi, Huggies instead of Pampers, Ford
instead of Chevy.
The difference is whether it is *legal* discrimination or
I am fairly familiar with Equal Employment Opportunity Laws.
I am somewhat familiar with the The Fair Housing Laws.
I am a little familiar with the Civil Rights Act of 1991.
Which protected class(es) is(are) the Boy Scouts of America
>From what I've read, it is *illegal* to discriminate against
an individual or group having or sharing certain
characteristics, namely: race, color, religion, national
origin, sex, age or handicap.
I have never seen any kind of federal statute that mentions
"sexual preference" or "sexual orientation."
I could be wrong.
President Clinton has signed a couple of Executive Orders
prohibiting discrimination on the basis of "sexual
orientation" in specific circumstances but is that the same
as a statute or legislation?
I don't trust the Internet to be my "Information Please
Almanac." So I'm looking to do a little independent
verification and validation.
Perhaps one of our resident attorneys, constitutional
scholars or "mid-level government functionaries" can give me
some guidance; point me in the right direction as it were
I am interested in understanding if there is a legally
defined minority or protected class involved in the current
controversy (i.e. BSA "discrimination") and who belongs to
Off-list responses will be fine.