The city of Philadelphia must pay nearly $900,000 after a failed effort to evict the Boy Scouts of America over the scouts’ ban on gays, the Associated Press reports.
The city had threatened to evict scouts from their rent-free, city-owned headquarters for practicing discrimination. But a jury last year said the scouts, whose members take oaths to be “morally straight,” have a right to free association.
It’s been a 10-year legal battle, and a judge’s ruling today comes after a deal fell apart.
The city must pay $877,000 to Drinker, Biddle & Reath for the scouts’ legal fees.