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Disney to stop financial funding to Boy Scouts due to gay adult ban

The Walt Disney Co. is sending a huge message to the Boy Scouts of America. As the Los Angeles Times reports on March 3, Disney has announced that it will stop funding Boy Scouts-related organizations beginning of 2015 due to the policy currently banning gay adult leaders.

Members of Scouts for Equality hold a rally to call for equality and inclusion for gays in the Boy Scouts of America as part of the 'Scouts for Equality Day of Action' May 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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The organization is “disappointed” with the decision, as it will affect the Boy Scouts ability to serve children. Although Disney does not provide money to the Boy Scouts’ national or local councils, the company does provide small grants to local troops.

Those grants, according to Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith, have helped provided every child “to be a part of the Scouting experience” and without the grants it will impact the Boy Scouts ability to serve kids.

Other major companies have stopped financial support to the Boy Scouts as a result of a prior ban, which also restricted gay minors from participating in the organization. That ban was finally lifted, but the group kept the restriction against gay adult leaders.

Now the fight is for full inclusion and Disney feels the policy contradicts what their company is all about and will not give grants to organizations that “operate or support activities that are counter to the policies of The Walt Disney Company.”

The Boy Scouts did reach out to Disney to make a resolution but the company is sticking to their stance on the issue, as the only resolution is full inclusion.

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