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Lawsuit over San Diego Boy Scout leases ends

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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.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com

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