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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."

According to the Associated Press, 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.