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Education Compromise Favors Boy Scouts

House and Senate leaders, working on a compromise on education legislation, agreed to allow the Boy Scouts to meet on public school grounds. The Boy Scouts came under fire earlier this year for banning gays from being members or troop leaders. Under the House-Senate agreement, public schools prohibiting the Boys Scouts from meeting on school grounds because of the Boy Scouts’ exclusionary policy would be denied federal funds if the schools allowed other groups to meet on school property. The U.S. Supreme Court had previously upheld the Boy Scouts policy in Boy Scouts v. Dale. Justices Breyer, Stevens, Souter, and Ginsberg all dissented in that decision.

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Washington Post, 11/1/01; Feminist Majority Foundation