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Boy Scouts to Vacate Philadelphia Headquarters in Settlement of Long Legal Battle: VIDEO

A long-running battle over the Philadelphia property that the Boy Scouts have been occupying rent-free since 2008 has been settled, ABC6 reports:

ScoutsA Boy Scouts of America group will vacate its city-owned Philadelphia headquarters in return for $825,000 under an agreement that settles a long legal battle over the organization's ban on gays, Mayor Michael Nutter's office said Friday.

The Boy Scouts Cradle of Liberty Council staff will leave its downtown Philadelphia headquarters of 85 years by June 30 and the retail store in the building will close by Oct. 31. In exchange, the city will reimburse the Boy Scouts for improvements made to the building, Nutter's office said.

The group's rent-free use of the building came under fire after the Boy Scouts of America barred gays from membership. The city unsuccessfully sought to have the chapter evicted for violation of Philadelphia's anti-discrimination policies.

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  1. Give them nothing. You pay no rent and want to use a facility, you can cover the costs of improvements.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 4, 2013 12:40:32 PM

  2. How the hell did they 'earn' nearly $1M dollars for being discrimatory? #disgusting

    Posted by: Mark | May 4, 2013 12:57:52 PM

  3. Not only is this outcome appalling but it is disgusting. They've been in the building since 1928 rent free, have discriminated against gays since that time, and the City is going to pay them nearly $900,000 to move? That's Philadelphia tax payer money. If I was a taxpayer in that City I would be OUTRAGED! Just because the payout comes out of the "diversity" fund account still means the funds were put there by taxpayers. I'm disgusted with Philadelphia but more so with the Boys Scouts.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | May 4, 2013 1:12:44 PM

  4. The City of Philadelphia lost in court, so it was either pay the legal fees, keep fighting and possibly lose again or settle and move on. I am glad they are ending this and getting the building back which is in a wonderful location and has to be worth millions. Also I want to note that the Philadelphia Boy Scouts wanted to include gays but the national organization stopped them.

    Posted by: bentley1530 | May 4, 2013 1:31:01 PM

  5. Isn't it ironic that the constitution was written in Philadelphia, and now Philadelphia is wiping its butt with it? "In the name of diversity, get out of our city because we don't like what you have to say!". Only a liberal can't see the blatant, unabashed hypocrisy of this.

    Posted by: jdogg | May 4, 2013 6:04:10 PM

  6. It's unfortunate the city lost in court, but this is still good news.

    And as for jdogg, being socially destructive and inimical to the greater good, bigotry fails the "fire in a crowded theater" test and is therefore not protected as freedom of expression.

    Would you side with the Boy Scouts if they discriminated against non-whites? The organization allowed Scout troops free reign to brutally discriminate again African Americans until 1974. Scout officials in Richomnd, VA once threatened to stage a public burning of Scout uniforms if black boys were permitted to wear them.

    How is this any different?

    Posted by: Bryan | May 4, 2013 8:20:53 PM

  7. Oh poor JDogg...

    Cannot understand prejudice from correcting prejudice.

    Pretty typical for a tea-bagging republican troll.

    Carry on, mo-ron.

    Posted by: mic | May 4, 2013 9:07:39 PM

  8. Oh, and JDogg, don't forget to say "hi" to those loser Koch bros when you pick up your blood money troll check next week, M'Kay?

    Posted by: mic | May 4, 2013 9:09:30 PM

  9. "The Historic Landmark building laden with Scouting symbols was built and paid for by the Scouts on city land at the city's request in 1929 and the cost of maintenance and renovation has been borne by the Boy Scout council ever since." wiki

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 4, 2013 10:22:13 PM

  10. Might put things in perspective to remember that Great Britain used gunboat diplomacy to "rent" Hong Kong from the Chinese for a 99-year lease, which the Brits had to vacate once the Chinese had nuclear bombs and the Brits had, well, the Argentine Malvinas (a/k/a the Falkland Islands.) The Brits got zero pounds sterling to compensate them for the building of one of the world's greatest cities. In 1929, the City Fathers of Philadelphia only cared about "gay rights" when they paid off the City's vice squad to release their down-low boyfriends from gay bar raids. It amazes me that a trial court judge could force the hand of a major American city with an equal rights amendment to find in favor of a decades-long abuser of LGBT civil rights. Have they suspended access to appeals courts in the Commonwealth of my birth? I don't care how many "fixtures" the discriminatory Boy Scouts installed on the City's property since 1929, any owner of land should be able to assume the ownership of any such improvements when the lessee's lease ends. The Philadelphia City Solicitor's Office is weak as water on this one, and it only emboldens the homophobes nationwide who make up the Boy Scout management.

    Posted by: Tom Cardellino | May 4, 2013 11:28:32 PM

  11. Brian, you don't know what your talking about. Even in Mississippi the Boy Scouts were integrated before 74. Amoung non profit youth serving organizations, the BSA was one of the first to allow black participants and actually have a better record in that regard than most similar organizations.

    More over the scouts in Philadephia have supported policy change in the BSA. Maybe if they could have been fighting for gays rights instead of to stay in a building they built and have kept up with their own money, things could have changed. Doubt it, but we need to quite fighting the idea of scouting and fight the people that keeping us out of it. We should support those fighting for us.

    As an eagle scout I want to fight to once again be a part of the organization, not tear it down for some type of retribution.

    Posted by: Nick | May 5, 2013 12:18:14 AM

  12. Philadelphia has much bigger problems than this,unfortunately. A great city, but the violent street crime is out of control, getting to be as bad as Baltimore or DC [or Richmond for that matter.] It's a d*mn shame.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 5, 2013 9:25:19 AM

  13. Mission accomplished. The Boy Scouts are out of the building. The wrong of them continuing to occupy city property without paying rent has been corrected.

    Posted by: Fahd | May 5, 2013 11:20:03 AM

  14. What needs to be remembered is that the discrimination against Gays did not become a factor in the occupentsy until the MORON CHURCH and other Churches started to take over the Boy Scouts Nation wide a few years ago. Before that, Gays were even Scout Masters, and some troops even had Gay Patrols as well as ones for "Straits". I know, because I was in such a Patrol when I was a Scout in the late 1930's.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | May 5, 2013 4:55:34 PM

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