Boy Scouts leadership affirms policy of excluding 'open or avowed' gays

The Boy Scouts of America announced that the organization has affirmed its policy of “not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals.” The organization’s leaders evaluated the policy for nearly two years. The organization has stated they will take no further action on a resolution that has sought a change in policy. The firm policy against open or avowed homosexuals has been litigated. The exclusion of openly gay members goes for scoutmasters, too. A 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision found that a New Jersey law requiring the national organization to readmit an openly gay scoutmaster infringed on the organization’s First Amendment right of expressive association. Full Article

Under United States law, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not enforce the protections that prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation. To date, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: www.eeoc.gov/policy/vii.html

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