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Los Angeles to Boy Scouts: Get Lost

Wednesday, 29 November 2000 12:00 AM

Said retired college professor Jerry Domine: "It's sick. It's sick. I can't believe it.” He told the Los Angeles Daily News: "Gosh, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are as American as apple pie. Scouting is a very healthy activity, always has been. This is sad, really sad."

Spearheaded by lesbian councilwoman Jackie Goldberg, newly elected to the California state Assembly and serving her last week on the council, the city’s governing board voted 11 to 0 to order all city agencies to review their relationships with the Boy Scouts.

"I do not do this with great joy," Goldberg told the News after the vote. "I have been a supporter of the Boy Scouts for 35 years.

"But when they choose to discriminate based on religion or being gay, we have to send a message that we will not tolerate discrimination."

The council said it acted because the Boy Scouts chose to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided they had every right to ban the hiring or inclusion of Scouts on the basis of their religious beliefs or sexual orientation.

As a result of the council’s decision, Los Angeles will review any contracts that might involve a relationship with the Boy Scouts, such as Sea Explorers, or with the fire department. The city will no longer waive fees for the Scouts’ use of city facilities.

The council also ordered that a proposal be considered by the police commission next week on taking steps to cut the Scouts out of the Explorer program by setting up a new city police cadet program, or joining with other law enforcement agencies for such a program.

"We have had a long involvement with the police department and sheriff's department and believe the quality of both agencies have been enhanced through our partnership,” Hugh Travis, director of Scout executives for the Western Council of the Boy Scouts, told the News.

"We have a national policy, but on our applications we don't ask about sexual orientation, religion or politics. What we ask is that people not wear their sexual orientation, religion or politics on their sleeves. When they do, that's when we have to take action."

The 11 members who voted for the ban were Laura Chick, John Ferraro, Michael Feuer, Cindy Miscikowski, Alex Padilla, Ruth Galanter, Jackie Goldberg, Mike Hernandez, Nate Holden, Nick Pacheco and Mark Ridley-Thomas.

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