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Disney Will End Funding To Boy Scouts Over Anti-Gay Policy

Disney Cuts Funding To Boy Scouts Over Anti-Gay Policies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.

The Boy Scouts organization is "disappointed" by the decision, which will affect the organization's ability to serve children, Deron Smith, a Boy Scouts spokesman, said in a statement Sunday. Disney does not provide direct funding to the Boy Scouts, but it donates money to some troops in exchange for volunteer hours completed by Disney employees, he said.

"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," he said.

David Jefferson, chief spokesman for The Walt Disney Company, did not respond to calls or emails.

Disney's decision came to light after the president of a local Boy Scout council based in Orlando, Fla., where Disney World is based, sent a memo alerting local troops to the decision.

The memo was posted on the website of Scouts for Equality, an organization that is critical of the Boy Scouts' policy to ban adult gay troop leaders.

The Boy Scouts lifted a ban on gay youth last year.

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edenskpr March 03 2014 at 3:54 PM

I am a manager of a large corporation that hired Disney last year, where we held our corporate get-together (Anaheim). That will cease. The gay and Lesbians of the world are a small minority, in the vastness of our populous. I am not a homo-phobe, or an individual that hates any group of people and that is NOT what is being presented here. The simple question is: "Can a gay man be a leader to young men-when his orientation is attraction to men?" While most gay men, I'm sure would answer that their is no attraction to these young boys and they simply want to be a part of the scouting experience with their sons, or be a mentor to others; it still leaves open the thought process of those that would cross-the-line in inuendoes, suggestiveness or out-right crimes. Do we then open-up the girl-scouts to the same type of leadership?

Disney's efforts to be "seen" as a major corporation that supports this particular issue, tells me they gave little thought to the financial ramifications of their actions. I grew up in Boy Scouts, Achieved my Eagle Scout award, Duty to God award and Order of the Arrow. I have made corporate contributions to the Boy Scouts and will continue to do so. I guess until the Boy Scouts performs background checks and personality tests on each leader that serves, no one can determine the safety of these young men. To me Disney is no longer the Happiest Place on-earth, it is a sad reminder of a corporation trying to be politically correct, without seeing the core values of what Walt had in mind.

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krfranklin edenskpr March 03 2014 at 4:58 PM

Thank you so much for your clear wisdom on this subject. I have 2 sons that earned their Eagle Scout Award, Duty to God, and order of the Arrow. They are very proud of their accomplishments and I do not want them to ever feel like someone is trying to tarnish what they achieved. Thank you

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capeemay March 03 2014 at 1:37 PM

we can cherry pick who we want to grant what they should not have to be granted = equality

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Jennifer T. March 03 2014 at 6:32 PM

It seems to me that Disney can do what it wants to with it's money, for whatever reason and is under no obligation to support the BSA. I don't understand what the fuss is about. If you aren't happy about it, then don't go there.

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jomona21 Jennifer T. March 03 2014 at 7:47 PM

Amen.

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cabinsmoke March 03 2014 at 1:32 PM

Disney, these days, is no different than any other scum studio amongst the Hollywood abyss.

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Carole Kay cabinsmoke March 03 2014 at 1:41 PM

Walt Disney is turning over in his grave just like our Founding Fathers are doing!

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JJ Carole Kay March 03 2014 at 2:10 PM

Because of gay people? lol You're not capable of deep thoughts, are you?

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Glenn Genereux March 03 2014 at 1:29 PM

I am not saying Disney is right, but they have the right to offer donations and support however they prefer, and all they are saying is that they will not support the Boy Scouts because they have a policy that is not consistent with Disney's business policy. This is no different that your decision to not support Disney because they are not in agreement with your beliefs. You have every right not to shop Disney or enter their parks, as they have every right to not donate time or money to any organization that does not agree with their policies.

This is no different than the churches and schools denying the scouts a place to meet because they have to allow gay membership. The ones caught in the middle are the scouts since both sides of this argument are shunning them, and it really is not a subject that should be broached in the scouting ranks anyway.

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rolfsul March 03 2014 at 9:16 AM

It may be the Boy Scouts right to discriminate -- it's also Disney's and everyone else's right not to give them any funds to continue doing so. I wonder what the outcry would be if Disney decided that some people with certain beliefs or habits or orientation would not be granted admission to their parks. Congress would be screaminging bloody murder within hours!

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jandjhoye March 03 2014 at 9:18 AM

WHO CARES.

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brennemanbelkin March 03 2014 at 9:18 AM

Note to the Scouts, there have always been gay leaders.
Whether you were aware or not.

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Cheryl brennemanbelkin March 03 2014 at 9:30 AM

Yes, those who put the task at hand (leading boys) ahead of their sex life. People who feel the need to proclaim their sexuality to the world are probably not in the best position to be leading little boys in anything.... especially not a week in the woods. Give the scouts some credit. They stopped the ban on gay scouts. Things do take time, and since faith in God is a big part of scouts, it IS necessary to figure out the logistics of change when a large number of charter organizations that give the scouts a place to meet and store all of their gear are churches. In the meantime, if you're not able to be patient, it's probably not the place for you or your kid.

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jtdancernh Cheryl March 03 2014 at 9:35 AM

I give the Scouts absolutely NO CREDIT. They are every bit as bad as the Catholic Church when it comes to protecting pedophiles. the only reason they want to keep the gay guys out is because they know as well as anyone that the gay guys will ruin their fun by TURNING IN the pedophiles.

How do I know this? It's common sense--if the gay guys don't TURN IN the pedophiles, they will end up being accused of BEING the pedophiles.

Your kids are safer in any gay bar than they are at school, at church, or at that Boy Scout meeting.

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Brian Workman March 03 2014 at 10:49 PM

I thought the Boy Scouts just changed they're tune, about "GAYS!?" January this year!?!?

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eltrip March 03 2014 at 1:42 PM

My kid always screamed too when I held his allowance back....

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