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Boy Scouts of America v. Dale

Lecture no. 21 from the course: Liberty on Trial in America: Cases That Defined Freedom

Boy Scouts of America v. Dale

Taught by Professor Douglas O. Linder | 28 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Do private organizations have the right to exclude members based on criteria that many—maybe even most in society—find objectionable? When the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) expelled scout leader James Dale because he way gay, Dale challenged the BSA’s authority to use sexual orientation as a basis for exclusion. In a case pitting Dale’s claimed right to be free from discrimination against the associational rights of the Scouts, the Supreme Court sided with the Boy Scouts. Examine why the U.S. Supreme Court decided as it did, and the effects and implications of its ruling.