Scouts Dig In for Philly Fight Over Gays

Battling city over eviction for barring gays
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 9:09 AM CDT
Boy Scouts at an NRA Annual Meeting. The Philadelphia chapter of the scouts is in a legal battle with the city over gay rights.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The Philadelphia chapter of the Boy Scouts of America is locked in a legal battle with the city over the group's refusal to enroll gays. Philadelphia gave the Scouts an ultimatum to quit their historic city-owned headquarters—or pay a new fair-market annual rent of $200,000. The Scouts have responded with a federal civil rights lawsuit and are digging in for a long battle, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"The city has imposed an unconstitutional condition upon a benefit enjoyed for nearly eight decades, and that many other organizations that limit members continue to enjoy without punishment or the threat of punishment," the lawsuit states.