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IRVINE CAMPAIGN FINANCE RESTRICTION HELD UNCONSTITUTIONAL
LOS ANGELES (CA) — The Claremont Institute won an important victory today when the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Boy Scouts' right to free association in Boy Scouts of America v. James Dale. The New Jersey Supreme Court had ruled last year that the Boy Scouts could not exclude James Dale, a homosexual activist and former troop leader, from their organization.
The Claremont Institute's Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence filed an amicus brief in the case. The Center's Director, Dr. John Eastman and former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III submitted the brief that argued for the right of the Scouts to exclude homosexuals from their organization.
Dr. Eastman praised the Court's decision. "For nearly a century, the Boy Scouts has successfully instilled in young men a keen sense of moral virtue." Eastman said, "It has taught generations of boys to honor their duty to God, to country and to family, a duty that refuses to countenance the currently fashionable view that homosexual conduct is just another legitimate lifestyle choice. Today's ruling insures that the Scouts will continue to do so for a long time to come."
The Claremont Institute is a non-profit, educational organization founded in 1979 whose mission is to restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life. The Institute formed the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm, in order to further its mission through strategic litigation. Litigation is both a means of protecting the rights of injured parties, and a means of education.
The Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence is Dr. John Eastman. He is professor of constitutional law at the Chapman University School of Law. He previously served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. His law degree is from the University of Chicago. He has a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the Claremont Graduate School, and he was previously affiliated with the Claremont Institute as a research associate and a Publius Fellow.
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