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Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000)

Definition - What does Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000) mean?

The Supreme Court case of the Boy Scouts of America v. Dale related to whether or not a private organization had the right to discriminate against an employee that was openly gay.

Dale sued to be reinstated in his job as a boy scout leader; he had been let go after it came to light that he had been interviewed 10 years ago in a gay rights article and stated that he was gay. When the story resurfaced, the Boy Scouts removed Dale from his job as a scout leader.

Justipedia explains Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000)

The Supreme Court held that a private organization such as the Boy Scouts had a legal right to discriminate against anyone that did not uphold the values that the organization established for themselves.

The Boy Scouts organization had a long-standing ban against homosexuality that preceded Dale's hire. As such, the Supreme Court upheld the rights of the Boy Scouts group to dismiss Dale from his job as scout leader.

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