Memorandum on Boy Scouts of America

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), January 5, 2001

The Religious Action Center filed as an amicus curiae in the Supreme Court case, voicing their disagreement with the Boy Scout's discriminatory policy. However, on June 28, 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, overturned the New Jersey decision and affirmed the right of the Boy Scouts to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Since then, the Boy Scouts of America has given no indication that it will change its position. Following the Supreme Court decision, a number of groups across the country have expressed disagreement with the Boy Scout's policy. The UAHC and the CCAR have been strong voices in the fight to end all discrimination based on sexual orientation and in advocating for full equality of gays and lesbians in all aspects of congregational life. In addition to last year's Commission on Social Action resolution, NFTY, NFTB, and the CCAR have all adopted resolutions condemning the Boy Scouts' exclusionary policy. In light of the Supreme Court decision, many congregations have asked us for further guidance in responding to the latest developments. While we maintain our hope that the Boy Scouts of America will abandon its discriminatory policies, its lack of response to the many expressions of disagreement and disappointment with the policies gives us little basis for optimism. Therefore, and with pain, we must recommend that congregations sponsoring/housing troops/packs withdraw sponsorship of a troop/pack and/or stop housing one.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Youth, Homosexuality, Advocacy, Youth Groups, LGBT Issues, Prejudice, Discrimination, GLBT Issues, Synagogues and Congregations

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Memorandum on Boy Scouts of America. Union for Reform Judaism (URJ),Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC). 5 January 2001: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7773


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