With the debut of The Totally Frightful Issue, you’re probably pretty shaken up right now, so let’s bring you some good news. Alright, maybe it’s not good news, but it’s kind of uplifting.
The US Supreme Court has refused to hear a case brought up by the Sea Scouts – the nautical division of the viruently anti-gay, pro-Christian Boy Scouts – against the city of Berkeley.
It seems the city, known far and wide for its leftie tendencies, once offered free boats to non-profit organizations, but later amended its practices to ban such goodies to openly discriminatory groups, such as the Sea Scouts. Refused their free ride, so to speak, the Scouts attempted to sue.
Though the Cali Court reached a decision last March upholding Berkeley’s ban, the Scouts weren’t satisfied and took their case to Washington. As we’ve seen already, the Supreme Court’s not fucking around this season, so it comes as no surprise that they gave the case the ol’ heave-ho. 365 Gay reports:
“We agree with Berkeley and the court of appeal that a government entity may constitutionally require a recipient of funding or subsidy to provide written, unambiguous assurances of compliance with a generally applicable nondiscrimination policy,” Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar wrote for the court.
City officials told the Sea Scouts that the group could retain its berthing subsidy, valued at about $500 monthly per boat, if it broke ties with the Boy Scouts or disavowed the policy against gays and atheists.
The Sea Scouts, which teaches sailing, carpentry and plumbing, refused to do so and maintained that such an edict was unconstitutional because it compelled speech it did not agree with.
Would it be in poor taste to refer to the Sea Scouts as the SS? It would probably offend a few of you other there, but we think it fits like a glove.