The Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America offered 29-year old Yasmine Cassini a position as director of their new adventure center. But, when she told the organization that she is openly lesbian, she says the organization withdrew the offer.
In a statement provided to FOX31 Denver, the Boy Scouts claimed that “during the employment process, this individual brought it to our attention that she did not meet the requirements for employment.”
Cassini told the station that she asked the organization whether her sexual orientation would be a problem. “The offer was rescinded because I no longer met the minimum requirements of the position,” which included becoming a member of the organization. “Discrimination is not okay and it’s something that is still occurring and it has to stop,” the disappointed Cassini added.
In 2012, the BSA fired Jen Tyrell, a volunteer Cub Scout den leader, because she is a lesbian. More than 350,000 people signed a Change.org petition demanding her reinstatement — but the organization has thus far refused to do so.
A 2007 Colorado law prohibits employers, except for religious organizations, from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of sexual orientation. But in 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 4, that because Boy Scouts of America is a private organization (not a “public accommodation”) it has a constitutional right to determine its own membership standards. To circumvent state non-discrimination laws, the organization requires that employees also be registered members — which effectively prevents LGBT adults and non-theists from employment.
Last year, the Boy Scouts of America voted to lift its longstanding ban on openly gay youth participating in the program. But the organization reaffirmed its policy of prohibiting LGBT adults from participating in the organization. Despite calls from Honorary National President Barack Obama and former national executive board member Mitt Romney, numerous corporations ending their sponsorship, and even the personal opposition of new BSA President Robert Gates, the group has blocked efforts to reconsider the adult ban.