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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Boy Scouts of America v. Dale
Citation:530 U.S. 640 (2000)
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Petitioners are the Boy Scouts of American and the Monmouth Council. It is a private, nonprofit organization and had its stated mission to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The Boy Scouts seek to instill its values by having its adult leaders spend time with youth members, instructing and engaging them in various activities. Dale complained that the Boy Scouts had violated New Jersey’s public accommodation statute and its common law by revoking Dale’s membership based solely on on his sexual orientation. New Jersey’s public accommodations statute prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in places of public accommodation.
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