Boy Scouts Lose Discrimination Appeal

March 11, 2004
The Boy Scouts say that their organization is being unlawfully discriminated against because of its policy against hiring gay scout leaders. The Supreme Court this week didn’t agree.

The Court refused to hear an appeal in the case of Boy Scouts of America v. Wyman, effectively resulting in a defeat for the Scouts, according to reports on CNN and in the Associated Press.

The Supreme Court already ruled that the Boy Scouts can ban homosexual scout leaders. What was at stake here was whether the state of Connecticut can drop the Scouts from its list of charities that receive donations from a state employee charitable-giving program. With its refusal to take up the appeal, the high court gave Connecticut the go-ahead to exclude the Boy Scouts from the payroll-deduction plan.

The Scouts receive about $10,000 from the Connecticut program.