PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Boy Scouts of America group has agreed to vacate its longtime Philadelphia headquarters as part of a settlement reached after a long legal battle with the city over the organization’s ban on gays.
Mayor Michael Nutter’s office said Friday the Cradle of Liberty Council staff will leave its downtown headquarters by June 30 and the retail store in the building will close by Oct. 31.
In exchange, the city will reimburse the Boy Scouts $825,000 for improvements made to the building in recent years.
The group’s use of the building came under fire after the Boy Scouts of America barred gays from membership. The city unsuccessfully sought to have the local chapter evicted for violation of Philadelphia’s anti-discrimination policies.