Philadelphia Keeps Word, Raises Rent

Being Anti-Gay Costing Boy Scouts

Philadelphia isn’t fucking around with the anti-gay Boy Scouts. The city of Brotherly Love canceled the Scouts’ cushy $1 rent because of their refusal to hire openly gay leaders. And it seems they’ve put a price on discrimination: $200,000. The city has decided that the Boy Scouts chapter here must pay fair-market rent of $200,000 a year for its city-owned headquarters because it refuses to permit gay Scouts.

The organization’s Cradle of Liberty Council, which currently pays $1 a year in rent, must pay the increased amount to remain in its downtown building past May 31,

Now that they have to pay up, Scout officials are playing the “think of the children” card. Scout Spokesman Jeff Jubelirer says “[The money] would have to come from programs. That’s 30 new Cub Scout packs, or 800 needy kids going to our summer camp. It’s disappointing, and it’s certainly a threat.” Boo hoo.