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By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 1:00 PM EDT, Wed July 18, 2012

The Boy Scouts of America announced Tuesday it has affirmed its policy of “not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals.” The organization’s leaders reached that decision after a nearly two-year evaluation and will take no further action on a resolution that has sought a change in policy, it said in a news release.

The exclusion of openly gay members goes for scoutmasters, too. A 2000 U.S. Supreme Court decision found that a New Jersey law requiring the national organization to readmit an openly gay scoutmaster infringed on the organization’s First Amendment right of expressive association. “Forcing a group to accept certain members may impair the ability of the group to express those views, and only those views, that it intends to express,” then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote. He added that the decision was not meant to approve or condemn the Scouts’ membership policy.

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