Cradle of Liberty Council
Local Boy Scout leaders in the Philadelphia region are adopting a membership and employment policy that opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Cradle of Liberty Council CEO Tom Harrington says 6,000 adults in the region who serve as scoutmasters have gone through background checks, and any suspicions put them on the “ineligible” list.
That national policy trickled down to a lengthy controversy here in Philadelphia.
The City of Philadelphia has been ordered to pay hefty legal fees to the local Boy Scouts chapter, which was involved in a federal trial over the national Boy Scouts’ controversial policy of banning gays.
A pending deal to sell the city-owned landmark headquarters building to the BSA for $500,000 died with the turn of the calendar year, since Philadelphia City Council let the legislation languish without action.
Real estate investor Mel Heifetz, a former Eagle Scout who once led a troop, wants to buy the property for three times what the Scouts were going to pay.