December 13, 2012 at 10:07 am EDT | by Phil Reese
Merck ends donations to Scouts over ban
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Merck joins both UPS and Intel in cutting funding to the Boy Scouts over a policy barring gay participation. (Photo by Greg Schechter)

NEW YORK — The Foundation for New Jersey-based Merck Pharmaceuticals is joining Intel and UPS in cutting funding for the Boy Scouts of America over a controversial anti-gay policy.

In July, the Scouts reaffirmed its ban on openly gay and lesbian Americans participating in the Scouts or acting as Scout leaders or den mothers. The outcry after the announcement prompted strong criticism from across the political spectrum, including from then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.


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