Date of Publication

4-2011

Degree Type

Honors Thesis

Department

History

First Advisor

James Spiller, PhD

Abstract

Dale represented a significant setback for the gay rights movement. This decision not only prevented an openly gay man from being a scout leader, it signaled to gay and lesbian rights advocates that after fifty years of gay rights history, since the founding of the movement in the 1940s and 50s, when a small collection of gay men and women joined together to form social clubs, newspapers and magazines focused on the issue of homosexuality in America, the Supreme Court at the start of the new millennium remained hostile to gay rights.

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