Scouts sue state – Gay exclusion policy at issue

The Boy Scouts of America are suing Connecticut for dropping the group from a list of approved charities because of its anti-gay policies, Reuters reported June 13.

The lawsuit seeks an order keeping the Boy Scouts on the list of charities eligible for payroll deductions by state employees, Daniel Schwartz, a lawyer for the Boy Scouts, told Reuters.

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities ordered the Scouts removed from the list last month because its policy banning openly gay people from leadership positions violated state anti-discrimination laws.

The suit names state Comptroller Nancy Wyman and the State Employees Campaign Committee as defendants.

The Boy Scouts believe that the state’s actions are unconstitutional because they discriminate against a viewpoint, Schwartz said.

Taking the other side of the argument, Joe Grabarz, executive director of the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union, said the Scouts’ anti-gay position is simply illegal.

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