After lots and lots of wrangling, posturing and puffing up of chests, it’s official: The Boy Scouts of America have not changed their policies regarding gays, their deadline to do so (or come up with an alternate solution, whatever that possibly could have been) has come and gone, and the City is officially done talking. So:
This week the Boy Scouts made their last stand and lost.
“At the end of the day, you can not be in a city-owned facility being subsidized by the taxpayers and not have language in your lease that talks about nondiscrimination,” said City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke, who represents the district where the building is located. “Negotiations are over.”
Mr. Clarke said talks ended this week when the deadline passed for the local chapter to change its policy; on June 1 the group will be evicted.
Pardon us while we do a little dance, but really: Clarke is right on. You won’t hear us say this often, but kudos to City Council for walking it like they talk it. And to the Boy Scouts? Let us know how all of this works out for you.
NYTimes: Boy Scouts Fail Miserably At Earning “Living In The 21st Century” Badge
Previously: City To Boy Scouts: Admit You Love Dick, Pay $200K Or Get Out By Dec. 3