Mayor Sticking To Deal With Anti-gay Boy Scouts…

Mayor Nutter assured gay and lesbian leaders Tuesday of his commitment to fighting discrimination, but said he would not back off an agreement to end a long battle over the Boy Scouts’ exclusion of openly gay members.

The city had tried to evict the scouts’ Cradle of Liberty Council from its city-owned headquarters, but a federal jury found that doing so would violate the scouts’ First Amendment rights.

In a settlement, the city agreed to sell the Logan Square building to the scouts for $500,000, with the scouts forgiving about $960,000 in legal bills.

Gay and lesbian leaders have urged the administration not to sell, and philanthropist Mel Heifetz has offered to buy the building instead.

In Tuesday’s meeting, Heifetz upped his bid to $1 million and agreed to cover the scouts’ legal costs. “There was no response” to his offer, he said.

“I would turn [the building] over to a nonprofit that doesn’t discriminate,” Heifetz said.

Nutter said that “at the moment, the property is not for sale.”

“If you were selling your house, and you had an agreement with someone, you are not allowed to go and entertain someone else’s offer,” he said. deets here

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