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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that the Boy Scouts of America, as a private non-profit organization, has the freedom to choose members and leaders who agree with the group's stated convictions. By stating its belief that the commitment to be "morally straight" excludes homosexuals, the Court ruled, the Boy Scouts are protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The District of Columbia's Human Rights Commission, however, has ignored the Supreme Court ruling. The Commission filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Boy Scouts in June 2002. The Commission claimed that the Boy Scouts of America violated the city's anti-discrimination law when it refused to accept two openly-homosexual adult men as volunteer Boy Scout leaders. The Boy Scouts were ordered to pay each man $50,000 in damages and accept the men as volunteers.
The Boy Scouts have contested the Commission's decision in court, and the case is currently before the D.C. Court of Appeals awaiting a ruling.
Source: The Washington Times
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