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Boy Scouts: Public Accommodation

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This Court recognizes the Boy Scouts as a public accommodation under New Jersey’s public accommodations law. The state’s definition of “public accommodation” is said to “include, but not be limited to,” more than 50 types of places such as summer camps and “any educational institution under the supervision of the State Board of Education, or the Commissioner of Education of the State of New Jersey.” As the Boy Scouts both own a multitude of summer camps and often use public locations (such as schools and churches) as meeting places, the statute applies. The Boy Scouts did not adhere to this law in revoking Dale’s membership and position as a Troop leader because the New Jersey statute prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
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