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Supreme Court rules

Supreme Court rules

in favor of Boy Scouts

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling regarding the Boy Scouts of America, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following response:

"The Church applauds today's decision by the Supreme Court affirming the constitutional right of the Boy Scouts of America as a private association to determine its own standards for membership and selection of leaders."

The 5-4 decision said forcing the Scouts to accept homosexual troop leaders would violate the organization's rights of free expression and free association under the Constitution's First Amendment.

The ruling reversed a New Jersey Supreme Court holding that the Scouts wrongly ousted assistant a scoutmaster when the organization learned he was gay.