Boy Scouts Of America Vs. Dale Case Study
He alleged that the Boy Scouts violated the New Jersey statute prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in places of public accommodation. In response, the Boy Scouts held that allowing homosexuals to have a membership was inconsistent with the values they were trying to instill in young boys. The court ruled in favor of the Boy Scouts, saying that the accommodations law was inapplicable because the Boy Scouts was not a place of public accommodation. They also concluded that the Boy Scouts’ stance on homosexuality was clear and held that the First Amendment freedom of expressive association prevented the government from forcing the Boy Scouts to accept Dale as a member. However, the New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division held that New Jersey’s public accommodation law did apply to the Boy Scouts, and that they had violated it. The New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed this judgement, and ruled that the circumstances under which Dale was removed from the Boy Scouts violated the public accommodations law. After this loss in the state court, the Boy Scouts petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari on whether or not the application of the public accommodations law violated the First …show more content…
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