This development today is extremely disturbing, anticipating a coming day when people of religious persuasions that hold homosexuality as a sin will be barred from judgeships and other career opportunities not just by cultural pressure alone, but also by explicit rule. Thus is freedom contracted bit by relentless bit.

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California’s Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays.

The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by its ethics advisory committee barring judges’ affiliation with the organization.

In 1996 the state Supreme Court banned judges from belonging to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but made an exception for nonprofit youth organizations.

The Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics in February recommended eliminating the exception to enhance public confidence in the judiciary.

The group allows the participation of openly gay boys but continues to prohibit gay and lesbian adults from serving as leaders.

The Boys Scouts of America couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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