Jury selection in Boy Scout battle over gays

Local council could lose rent-free space in Philadelphia city building if it won't accept homosexuals


Associated Press
June 14, 2010 11:05PM (UTC)

Jury selection is under way in a gay-rights case involving the Boy Scouts and the city of Philadelphia.

At issue is whether the local scouting council can stay in its city-owned headquarters essentially rent-free.

The Boy Scouts of America has a national policy banning gays. Philadelphia says that policy violates city nondiscrimination rules.

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The local council, the Cradle of Liberty Council, has occupied the downtown building since 1928.

Mayor Michael Nutter says the group must renounce the national organization's gay-exclusion policies to keep the rent-free space. The Cradle of Liberty Council's lawsuit contends the mayor's ultimatum violates their First Amendment rights.

The federal trial is expected to last about a week.

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