Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Boy Scouts June 2000: The U.S. Supreme Court Rules against James Dale in His Suit Seeking to Overturn the Boy Scout's Antigay Policy. (Gods & Monsters)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Boy Scouts June 2000: The U.S. Supreme Court Rules against James Dale in His Suit Seeking to Overturn the Boy Scout's Antigay Policy. (Gods & Monsters)

Article excerpt

News of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision supporting the Boy Scouts of America's policy of excluding gay members and scoutmasters first reached me via AM radio in New York. In an instant my hope was lost. A few minutes later I approached the front of a conference room packed with reporters and photographers, my tongue lodged in the back of my throat. I didn't know how to convey my feelings to the overflowing crowd, but somehow I spoke of the progress we'd made in the fight for equality since I'd been expelled by the Scouts in 1990.

Ten years had never passed so quickly.

I've had my share of doubts and fears throughout my life, but never did I question my decision to pursue this case, even as it came to define my adult life. After my expulsion as a scoutmaster--the result of my being openly gay in college--my life had moved on, while in the lawsuit I was forever a 19-year-old New Jersey Eagle Scout. As the suit progressed, I thought the U. …

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