Philadelphia City Council Votes to Charge Scouts
Without any prior notification, the Philadelphia City Council voted 16-1 on May 31st to authorize the city to end the lease with the Cradle of Liberty Scout Council for the headquarters building the city has leased to the Scouts since 1928. The lease, which is below current market value, was supposedly to be in force “in perpetuity.” The city is demanding that the council, which serves about 64,000 boys in Philadelphia and surrounding areas, either publicly change its policy and accept openly homosexual individuals as Scouts and leaders or else pay fair market value to continue renting the prime real estate. Several city officials said the council took the action to increase the pressure on the Scouts. The Scout council has labeled the city council’s action as another example of the unfair way the city has dealt with this issue.