Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The city of Philadelphia gave the Philadelphia Boy Scouts until May 31 to open their membership to gays and atheists or leave the headquarters building the scouts have used since 1928. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Boy Scouts have filed a civil rights lawsuit to block the eviction. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale that the Scouts as a private group the Scouts can discriminate in setting their membership rules. That ruling did not, however, affect the line of cases that prevent government support for private organizations that discriminate. For now, and until a ruling on the current lawsuit, the Scouts can continue to use the building. The city has said that it will likely file an eviction motion next week, as well as respond to the lawsuit. For prior blog coverage, go here.