California courts move to ban Boy Scouts
April 22, 2014
The California court system is considering a proposal to ban members of the Boy Scouts of America from serving as judges because the Boy Scouts discriminate against gays. [WNDWeekly]
The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics proposed to classify the Boy Scouts as practicing “invidious discrimination” against gays, which would prohibit judges from being affiliated with the group. Even though the Boy Scouts began admitting gay members on Jan. 1, the organization continues to prohibit gays from holding leadership positions.
In opposition to the proposal, the Life Legal Defense Foundation said the committee is ignoring the fact “that the change also encompasses other youth organizations whose membership is limited on the basis of gender, e.g., the Girl Scouts, as well as the military, which continues to practice ‘discrimination’ on the basis of gender.” It is urging the courts to reject the proposal.
“Perhaps this is not an unintended consequence and the committee indeed means to prohibit membership by judges in organizations like the Girl Scouts and military reserve, though there is no indication of such result in the invitation,” said the letter, signed by LLDF legal director Catherine Short. “Or perhaps the committee believes that such discrimination by the Girl Scouts and the military is not ‘invidious,’ as opposed to the ‘invidious discrimination’ practice by the BSA in excluding those of openly homosexual orientation from adult leadership positions.”
In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of the Boy Scouts to exclude homosexuals, because the behavior violated the core values of the private organization.