November 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm EST | by Phil Reese
UPS pulls funding for Boy Scouts
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Both UPS and Intel will cease funding the Boy Scouts over a policy barring gay participation. (Photo by Greg Schechter)

ATLANTA — LGBT activists claimed victory after the United Parcel Services yanked its financial support of the Boy Scouts of America — in excess of $167,000 — over anti-gay policies.

“More and more corporate leaders are enacting strong non-discrimination policies for practices including grant funding and hiring,” said Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation President Herndon Graddick upon the announcement. “The time is now for the BSA to end this outdated and unpopular ban before other corporate funders pull dollars and scouting families drop their support.”

In September, Intel announced it would not renew the nearly $700,000 it contributed to the Boy Scouts in 2010 over policies that bar participation of openly gay scouts and troop leaders. GLAAD has worked with Eagle Scout and son of lesbian moms, Zach Wahls, to pressure companies to cease Boy Scout support until the ban is ended.


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  • Boy Scouts of America is a private organization. Why does this have to be so complicated to understand? We all take an oath and have to follow the Scout Law. If there are practices and or rules that a particular youth disagrees with, then he should be encouraged to seek out membership in another youth development organization. Also if a Scout is an atheist he can’t become an Eagle Scout. We also say the Pledge of Allegiance to chagrin of many I’m sure. Scouting is a wonderful organization why attack them for their beliefs? Shouldn’t they be extended the same rights to practice as they choose under the rights of our constitution? I understand and embrace diversity and I believe the best way to illustrate that is not by attacking but rather by acceptance. Which is really what I believe the LGBT community seeks.

    Proud Eagle Scout

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