Dale V. The Boy Scouts Case Study

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Boy Scouts of America v. Dale: Equal Rights

Nathan O?Brien

Liberty High School

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In the court case of Dale v. The Boy Scouts of America, James Dale took the organization to court for revoking his Boy Scout membership for being openly gay. The Boy Scouts of America stated that homosexual conduct contradicted the morals the organization was attempting to teach its scouts (Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2015) However, according to the New Jersey Public Accommodations Act, discrimination is prohibited in public places. This led us to the question of whether The Boy Scouts
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Dale had been in scouting since he was eight. Since then he had acquired the rank of Eagle Scout and was also awarded the position of Assistant Scout Master (Boy Scouts of America V. Dale, 2000). Both of these positions are rather prestigious in scouting and show Dale had been devoted to the organization. By taking away his membership it would not only be humiliating but it would also discredit all of Dale?s hard work. Dale was a part of Monmouth Council, which is a part of the Boy Scout?s organization. The New Jersey Chancery?s Division ruled in favor of the Boy Scouts. The Court?s appellate division ruled in favor of Dale (Boy Scouts of America V. Dale, 2000). Comment by Crystal G. DeLong: Lesbian and Gay orLesbian &…show more content…
This case enforced a concept where any gay adult in the Boy Scouts would be eligible to be kicked out solely based on their sexual orientation. This seems like it would be against American beliefs. However, this case in some ways helped take steps forward when regarding homosexuals in Scouting, because in May 2013 avowed homosexual children were allowed to be part of the organization (Phil Gast, 2013).

References Comment by Crystal G. DeLong: Wrong fontIncorrect citations ? major issues
(n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/99-699.ZO.html
(n.d.). Retrieved from Boy Scouts of America v. Dale. (n.d.). Oyez. Retrieved December 8, 2015, from https://www.oyez.org/cases/1999/99-699
Phil Gast, G. B. (2013, May 24). Retrieved December 8, 2015, from cnn.com:

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