Disney Cuts Boy Scout Donations Over Gay Ban
Company had given to some troops
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 3, 2014 6:23 AM CST
In this June 30, 2013 file photo, Boy Scouts from the Chief Seattle Council carry US flags as they prepare to march in the Gay Pride Parade in downtown Seattle.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

(Newser) – Boy Scout troops are losing Disney's financial support over its continuing ban on gay adult leaders. The Walt Disney Company currently donates to some troops—though not the national organization—through an employee volunteering program, the LA Times reports. Those donations will end next year, the AP reports. "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," says Eagle Scout Zack Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality.

Said the Boy Scouts in a statement: "We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids." Disney's decision emerged in a letter from a central Florida Boy Scouts official to leaders and parents. The organization ended a ban on gay minors on Jan. 1, but gay adult leaders are still banned.

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SailorLady
Mar 4, 2014 9:33 AM CST
When is reality finally going to make an appearance ? This is not about homosexuality ! THIS and so many other 'arguments' are about PITTING Americans Against Americans using any means necessary ! Destroy a country's social structure and make people question their basic VALUES ! DIVIDE AND CONQUER ! Objective : The Destruction of America and supplant the Constitution with Progressive (Communist) domination over U.S.
dan6807
Mar 3, 2014 9:40 PM CST
My question is how do you prove you're not gay? Do you swear on a bible? The Boy Scouts are not banning gay leaders they are banning non-Christian right wing leaders. I'm sure that will ensure no child molesters since the Catholic church has the same policy.
ForRealz100
Mar 3, 2014 9:00 PM CST
I support BOYCOTTING DISNEY for determining their core values based on the most liberal and political decision (i.e. Gay propaganda) , versus a good, hard-working, success-focused experience for the MAJORITY of boys in the club.