Rather Than Appeal And Fight For Gay Rights Philadelphia Settles With Boy Scouts For Half A Million Dollars

The city of Philadelphia and a local Boy Scout troop have resolved a long battle over the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay members. Well it’s been resolved for the city of Philadelphia to the tune of a kewl half-million dollars but in no way that ends gay discrimination in the Boy Scouts/

Originally the city had threatened to evict the Scouts from their city-owned headquarters building for violating city anti-discrimination laws. But a federal jury this year said the eviction would infringe on the private group’s right to free association. So instead of appealing the decision and sticking to their guns and fighting discrimination.  The city of Philadelphia has sold out and will instead sell the building to the Cradle of Liberty Council for $500,000, less than half its $1.1 million value and 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.” said council attorney Jason Gosselin said Wednesday.

Better for the city of Phikadelphia to the tune of $500,000.00 but not for the battle of gay civil rights. 

The city of Philadelphia, the “so called'” Cradel of Liberty should be ashamed.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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