Legal quagmire [Court won’t hear Boy Scouts appeal over San Diego park leases]

*U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Boy Scouts appeal over San Diego park leases; case goes back to Ninth Circuit *

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by the Boy Scouts of America in a complicated case involving their lease of city-owned parkland in San Diego. A lesbian couple and an agnostic couple challenged the leases in federal district court over the Scouts’ exclusion of homosexuals and atheists from their ranks.

Represented by the ACLU, the lesbian couple and the agnostic couple won the first round in the battle in 2003, when U.S. District Court Judge Napoleon Jones ruled that the leases violated the Constitution because they amounted to a religious preference on the part of the city of San Diego.

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