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Activist Groups Urge Obama to Reject Boy Scout Honor

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Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.


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Oral Argument In Barnes-Wallace v. BSA (San Diego's Camp Balboa)


When a U.S. District Judge ruled that the City of San Diego's lease of 18 acres of Balboa Park to the BSA is unconstitutional, the BSA appealed.

That appeal, captioned Barnes-Wallace v. BSA, was argued before Judge William C. Canby Jr., Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld, and Judge Marsha S. Berzon, of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Pasadena, California, on February 14, 2006.

Mark W. Danis of Morrison & Foerster LLP argued the case for the plaintiffs, opposing the BSA's religious-viewpoint discrimination and
urging affirmance of the decision below. George A. Davidson, of Hughes, Hubbard, & Reed, argued the case for the BSA. Eric W. Treene, of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, joined him in defending government support for the BSA and its discriminatory policies.

A recording of the hearing can be found at the Ninth Circuit's web site (just type in the case number 04-55732 and strike "submit"):

http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/ca9/media.nsf/Media+Search?OpenForm&Seq=1

The three judges did not indicate when or how they would rule. The Ninth Circuit may take from two months, to more than a year, to decide important appeals.

 

 

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