Boy Scouts Win Court Battle
A Philadelphia jury has ruled in favor of the Boy Scouts, meaning they will not be evicted from their home or forced to pay rent, at least for now.
Outside the courthouse, a lawyer for the Boy Scouts, Jason Gosselin, told Fox News the Scouts won on the most important issue, that of First Amendment rights. The jury found the city posed an unconstitutional condition on the organization by asking it to pay $200,000 annual rent on property it was leasing for a dollar a year, in a building the Scouts built and paid for themselves, all because the city felt the Scouts were in violation of Philadelphia’s anti-discrimination laws.
"What we really want is to sit down with the city and resolve this matter once and for all" Gosselin says.
The Supreme Court ruled years ago that, indeed, the Boy Scouts can decide who is allowed to join. Thus to purport to be shocked about the policies of a 100-year-old organization is incredibly disingenuous.
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