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Last month, the Information Industry Association (IIA) filed a friend of the court brief in the U.S.
Jon Davidson of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, who filed a friend of the court brief on Rene's behalf, said the case could have widespread implications.
The General Board of Church and Society stated last year that even though it "would like to enthusiastically affirm and encourage this continuing partnership of the church and scouting, we cannot due to the Boy Scouts of America's discrimination against gays." But the Commission on United Methodist Men, which actually sponsors the scouting groups, joined the Mormon Church and other religious bodies in submitting a friend of the court brief to the Supreme Court.
Nearly 130 groups--from the Human Rights Campaign to the Alliance of Baptists--filed friend of the court briefs. On March 26, 2003, each side had 30 minutes to present their case to the nine justices.