Boy Scouts of America v. Dale
What's at stake
- The right of private organizations to ensure members share their beliefs and values
- The protection of students against those promoting the homosexual agenda
The Boy Scouts of America has long sought to instill certain values and morals into the boys and young men who participating in Scouting. Traditionally those values include the belief that homosexual behavior is inconsistent with the requirement in the Scouting Oath to be morally straight. Dale, an assistant Scoutmaster, lost his position after he openly claimed he was homosexual and began advocating for the homosexual agenda. He sued Boy Scouts, claiming that his dismissal violated New Jersey's law against sexual-orientation discrimination.
After conflicting opinions from New Jersey state courts, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Boy Scouts. The Court determined that the Boy Scouts, as a private association, has the right to express its views on issues of morality and limit membership to those who affirm its views. Requiring the Boy Scouts to accept someone promoting homosexual behavior would undermine the ability of Boy Scouts to teach and promote its moral values to its members.
Our role in this case
Alliance Defending Freedom provided funding to support the coordination of amici efforts and the legal team’s preparation for argument at the Supreme Court.