Lawsuit Over San Diego Boy Scout Leases Ends
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A civil rights group is ending a decade-old lawsuit over San Diego's leasing of city property to the Boy Scouts.
U-T San Diego says the local American Civil Liberties Union announced Monday it won't appeal a ruling in the suit, which argued that the lease of public land was illegal because the scouts ban homosexuals, agnostics and atheists.
A scout spokesman told the newspaper the group won't comment until it speaks to its lawyers later this week.
The city had leased 18 1/2 acres of land in Balboa Park and Fiesta Island for a nominal fee to the Scouts.
A federal appeals court declared the leases legal in December, ruling they didn't violate state or federal constitutional prohibitions on discrimination and giving special preference to religious groups.