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Boy Scouts' "no gays" stance challenged

Wed 28 May 2008 In: International News View at Wayback

Philadelphia officials plan to challenge a lawsuit by the local Boy Scouts that seeks to stop the city evicting the group because of its no-gays policy. The city, which has allowed the Cradle of Liberty scouts to use a city building rent-free for 80 years, has said the group must either scrap its policy or start paying "fair market rent" of $200,000 ($NZ253,383) a year or leave by 31 May, reports Reuters. City officials say the no-gays policy, which follows Boy Scouts' national rules, violates its 1982 Fair Practices Ordinance, which prohibits discrimination against certain classes of people, including on the basis of sexual orientation. "We are not going to subsidise the violation of our ordinance," said city solicitor Shelley Smith. "It's still our intention to take the legal action necessary to evict them." Lawyers for the Boy Scouts, in the suit filed on Friday, argued the group has a right to set its own rules without government interference because it is a private organization. This story continues on the link below.    

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First published: Wednesday, 28th May 2008 - 1:23pm

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