Disney Cuts Off Boy Scouts
Won't support gay leader ban
Though the Boy Scouts of America voted last year to allow gay youths as members, it continues a ban on gay scout leaders. And Disney is not having it.
The Walt Disney Company announced Friday that it will pull funding to the BSA by 2015 because of a BSA policy that bans gay leaders, CNN reports.
Through Disney’s VoluntEARS program, employees can volunteer for the charity of his or her choosing in exchange for a cash donation from Disney. The BSA is now off the list of eligible charities.
Disney’s charitable giving guidelines state that a group becomes ineligible for receiving donations if they “discriminate in the provision of services unlawfully or in a manner inconsistent with Disney’s policies on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation.”
Others, including pop star Carly Rae Jepson, have also protested the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policies.