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Boy Scouts and Philadelphia Settle Real Estate Feud Inspired by BSA's Anti-Gay Policies

The City of Philadelphia has settled its case with the Boy Scouts of America over trying to evict the group from the building they were renting from the city, basically for free, because the Scouts' anti-gay policies violated the city's anti-discrimination ordinances.

The AP reports: Scouts

"...a federal jury this year said the eviction would infringe on the private group's right to free association. Rather than appeal, the city will instead sell the building to the Cradle of Liberty Council for $500,000, less than half its $1.1 million value, council lawyer Jason Gosselin said Wednesday. In exchange, the Scouts will forgive the nearly $1 million in legal fees the city was ordered to pay the Scouts after losing the case. 'At the end of the day, the Boy Scouts will be writing a check to the city, rather than the other way around,' Gosselin told The Associated Press. "This is a better solution than having to go through an appeals process.'' City Council will vote on the deal Thursday, although it's not clear that approval is needed to settle the case, he said."

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  1. No, no, no! It's not over 'til it's over. We've got to put pressure on City Hall to NOT settle!! No $500 Mil. Reward for Discrimination!!

    Posted by: DJB | Nov 18, 2010 10:01:57 AM


  2. God damn, The girl scouts should open up a boys chapter and put these clowns out of business.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 18, 2010 10:04:25 AM


  3. I feel like I'm missing something... So the city is selling the bldg to a group that's okay w/ discrimination who will then rent it to the BSA? So that the city can avoid excessive legal fees?

    One has to wonder if the tenant were the KKK and not the BSA if people would grasp the discrimination better.

    Posted by: pete | Nov 18, 2010 10:10:00 AM


  4. ...and AS USUAL LGBT citizens get screwed while OUR own Tax dollars are USED against us. Just make sure- when the BSA does thier drive to raise money - Protest/ refuse to buy thier shit.....I did not too long agio- they were set up outside my susermarket....when I came out- they were asking for donations...I said "Sorry - I do NOT support discrimination of any kind...shove it"

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Nov 18, 2010 10:44:24 AM


  5. Oh, the poor, beleaguered Boy Scouts get their right to discriminate for no real fucking reason trampled upon by the City of Philadelphia... And then get some activist judge to persecute on their behalf. Disgusting.

    Posted by: Anon | Nov 18, 2010 10:46:30 AM


  6. As we all know, the BSA is politically beyond reproach.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 18, 2010 1:57:44 PM


  7. This case needs to be appealed to SCOTUS. No way that they should accept the word of a Bush appointee judge.

    Posted by: beergoggles | Mar 22, 2012 8:48:17 PM


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