According to an article in today’s (26 Jan) Los Angeles Daily Journal, the California Supreme Court has voted unanimously to bar judges and justices in the state from being a part of the Boy Scouts, because of that organization’s discriminatory practices and policies.
The article (behind a paywall,of course), notes that this was first suggested some 13 years ago, but the idea went down in flames. It has been raised several times since then, but has always had opposition from the far right. And more opposition is expected to this latest ruling. No statement or rationale accompanies the ruling. The chair of the Ethics committee,Justice Richard Fybel of the 4th District, who recommended the measure, said it was “the right thing to do.”
The right wing, of course, has slammed the decision as ‘tyrannical’. they are the same ones that claim this will forbid judges from being members of churches. Purest hyperbole, though, has not won this time, and it’s about time.