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Curran v. Mount Diablo Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Significance, Exclusion Of Gays, Atheists, And Agnostics, Boy Scouts In New Jersey, Impact


Timothy Curran


Mount Diablo Council of the Boy Scouts of America

Plaintiff's Claim

That the Boy Scouts should not reject his application for the position of assistant scoutmaster just because he is a homosexual.

Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff

Jon Davidson

Chief Defense Lawyer

George Davidson

Justices for the Court

Ronald George (writing for the court), Ming W. Chin, Stanley Mosk, Marvin R. Baxter, Kathryn M. Werdegar, Joyce L. Kennard, Janice R. Brown

Justices Dissenting



Sacramento, California

Date of Decision

23 March 1998


That the Boy Scouts is not a business establishment within the scope of the Civil Rights Act and therefore may exclude gays, atheists, and agnostics.

Related Cases

  • Isbister v. Boys' Club of Santa Cruz, 40 C. 3d 72 (1985).
  • Warfield v. Peninsula Golf & Country Club, 10 C. 4th 594 (1995).
  • Dale v. Boy Scouts of America, No. Mon-C-330-92 (1998).

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