Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Boy Scouts of America v. Dale
Respondent was an Eagle Scout and a troop leader when his membership was revoked because the Boy Scouts of America (Petitioner) learned that he is gay. Respondent was a scout until he turned eighteen when he went away to college. While a freshman at Rutgers University, Respondent became openly gay and was the co-president of the gay rights group on campus. He was interviewed for a local newspaper article that identified him as a gay leader. Later that month he received a letter from Petitioner revoking his adult membership citing the forbiddance of homosexual members.
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