Lesbians Look to Boot Boy Scouts from Own Facilities
Written By: Bob Unruh © 2010 WorldNetDaily | Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Ruling threatens faith-based groups trying to help in their communities
With work ramping up in Washington on a "hate crimes" bill that would create special rights for homosexuals, a case that addresses a related issue - claims by same-sex couples they have the right not to be "offended" by "straight' morality - has been presented to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The case involves a series of projects by the Boy Scouts of America in San Diego. The private organization has provided millions of dollars in improvements to public facilities in exchange for their use but faces being banned because homosexuals and lesbians who never even were exposed to the work claimed their feelings were hurt.
The organization has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and now two major public interest law firms have joined them in their request.
"Radical homosexuals are attempting to use every means possible to destroy the Scouts despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized their First Amendment right to have a morally-based policy excluding homosexual involvement, " said Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center, which worked with the the Alliance Defense Fund on the friend-of-the-court brief.
At issue in the case are leases from the city of San Diego allowing the San Diego Boy Scouts to build and operate campgrounds and an aquatic center on city property for their use and the public's.
"Lesbian and agnostic couples who had never visited the facilities sued the Scouts on a claim that they felt offended by the fact that the city leases the public property to a 'morally straight' organization such as the Boy Scouts, " the public interest legal groups said. "There were no religious symbols at the facilities."
The Scout Oath calls for a member "to do [his] duty to God and [his] country