A pro-family leader is applauding a liberal appellate court
for upholding a California city's right to lease properties to the
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the
city of San Diego may continue to lease public properties to the
Boy Scouts of America (BSA), upholding the city's property leases
to the organization that requires it to manage those properties and
make costly renovations.
Judge William C. Canby, Jr. wrote that there is no evidence that
the city's purpose to lease properties to the Boy Scouts was to
"advance religion." He did, however, find plenty of evidence
to prove that the city wanted to provide "facilities and services
for youth activities."
Dr. Gary Cass of DefendChristians.org, says this decision is
"This ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is
arguably the most liberal circuit court in the United States,
demonstrates that this whole witch hunt against the Boy Scouts was
simply a politically-driven agenda," he decides. "I'm very
gratified that the courts have upheld that the Boy Scouts have the
right to use public facilities."
The Associated Press reports that the ruling stems from a
lawsuit filed by a lesbian couple and an agnostic couple who claim
that leases to groups that "discriminate" violate the constitutions
of the state and the nation.
The BSA is "one of the nation's largest and most prominent
values-based youth development organizations," and it does not
permit homosexuals to serve as Scout leaders.