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At Colby College two guest lecturers will present opposing views of discrimination against homosexuals within the Boy Scouts of America. On Monday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union, James Dale will discuss his experience of being expelled from the Boy Scouts upon their discovery of his sexual orientation. On Wednesday, October 17, at 7 p.m. in the Page Commons Room, columnist and constitutional lawyer Ann Coulter will give a lecture, “Gay Boy Scouts and Freedom of Association.”
James Dale was a member of the Boy Scouts for 12 years and had risen to the rank of assistant scout leader. In 1990 the Boy Scouts’ New Jersey council learned that he was gay and sent him a letter of dismissal. Dale brought legal action against the Boy Scouts under New Jersey’s anti-discrimination law. He lost his case in the U.S. Supreme Court last year in a 5-4 decision. Dale’s Colby appearance is sponsored by the Student Government Association.
Ann Coulter was named one of the 20 most fascinating women in politics by George magazine. She is a frequent guest on talk shows such as Good Morning America, Politically Incorrect and Larry King Live. Coulter is the author of the book High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, which in 1998 spent eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Coulter’s Colby appearance is sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation, the Student Government cultural chair, the Cultural Events Committee and Colby Republicans.