Disney has become the latest of many major corporations to cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) because of the organization’s discriminatory policies towards openly-LGBT adults.
According to ThinkProgress, the president of the BSA’s Central Florida Council, Robert Utsey, confirmed the news in an email to Scouts and their families, saying that Disney’s “Ears to You” grant program for employees would no longer make BSA contributions.
“According to [Walt Disney World], their views do not currently align with the BSA and they are choosing to discontinue this level of support,” Utsey wrote. According to Walt Disney’s corporate Standards of Business Conduct, “any form of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, disability, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.”
“We’re never happy to see Scouting suffer as a result of the BSA’s anti-gay policy, but Disney made the right decision to withhold support until Scouting is fully inclusive,” Scouts for Equality co-founder Zach Wahls said in a statement.
“Scouts for Equality will continue to advocate for a fully inclusive membership policy, to help build a stronger Scouting community that is eligible for the support of Corporate America.”
Over the last two years, Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar, Major League Soccer, Merck, Intel, and UPS have also ceased their contributions to BSA due to their policies.