Court rules against Scouts.
The Boy Scouts of America and its Connecticut Rivers Council filed a federal lawsuit three years ago after a committee overseeing the annual workplace charitable campaign in state offices determined that the Boy Scouts were no longer eligible to participate. The unanimous Circuit Court decision rejected claims by the Boy Scouts that their exclusion from the charitable campaign violated their First Amendment right to free expression. The decision, written for the three-judge panel by Judge Guido Calabresi, former Yale Law School dean, also held that the state committee's actions "were a reasonable means of furthering Connecticut's legitimate interest in preventing conduct that discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation."
It's interesting that the court found Connecticut's recent law promoting
homosexuality to be advancing a legitimate state interest. This follows closely on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26th decision overturning a longstanding Texas law barring sodomy because it allegedly "furthers no legitimate state interest."
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|Title Annotation:||Boy Scouts of America kept out of charitable campaign; Insider Report|
|Publication:||The New American|
|Date:||Aug 11, 2003|
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