Disney World Pulls Boy Scouts Funding Over Ban On LGBT Troop Leaders
Boy Scouts Troops in Florida will lose out on funding in 2014 thanks to the head organization's continued ban on gay people over the age of 18.
Walt Disney World donates annually to local organizations that its employees regularly volunteer with under its "Ears To You" program, but the Boy Scouts of America's inability to resolve its ban on adult gays has lead the theme park to cancel the subsidies it normally provides.
According to WDW, "Ears To You" guidelines prohibit funding for groups that “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." The Walt Disney Company also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation within its "Standards of Business Conduct" policies.
The Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council Board has responded to the news in a statement that reads in part:
“We recognize that many Scout Units have received financial support over the last several years from this grant opportunity and are sad to see it go. The National BSA Council has reached out to WDW to try to resolve the situation, however, according to WDW, their views do not currently align with the BSA and they are choosing to discontinue this level of support. We will continue to keep an open line of communication with them, but at this time, are unable to reverse their decision.”
The BSA voted in the spring of 2013 to allow openly gay troops under 18 to serve in the organization, but refused to update its policy on LGBT adults.
(Source: The Wrap)