THE United Parcel Service (UPS) Inc has signalled its disapproval of the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy by announcing an end to funding for the BSA
UPS, according to this report, will soon adopt a non-discrimination policy that disqualifies the BSA from future funding. UPS follows the Intel Foundation in withdrawing corporate sponsorship from the BSA.
UPS said in a statement on its website:
UPS and The UPS Foundation do not discriminate against any person or organisation with regard to categories protected by applicable law, as well as other categories protected by UPS and The UPS Foundation in our own policies. These include, but are not limited to race, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, pregnancy, age and religion.
Among those to applauded the UPS move was Zach Wahls, the Iowa student whose impassioned pro-gay marriage speech to his state’s legislators became the most-watched political clip of 2011 on YouTube after going viral twice last year.
UPS showed true bravery today in standing with the 80,000 Americans, including thousands of Scouts and Scout leaders, who oppose the Boy Scouts’ hurtful anti-gay policy. That bravery is what Scouting is all about.
Corporate America gets it better than most: policies that discriminate aren’t simply wrong, they’re bad for business and they’re hurting the Scouting community. You would think that after all the Boy Scouts have lost as a result of this policy, they would understand that.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) President Herdon Graddick added:
Equality is not only good for business, but supported by a vast majority of Americans. The time is now for the BSA to end this outdated and unpopular ban before other corporate funders pull dollars and scouting families drop their support.
In July, BSA reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays from participating as scouts or troop leaders, citing support from parents as a key incentive.
The Scouts’ chief executive Bob Mazzuca told the Associated Press:
The vast majority of the parents of youth we serve value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family, with spiritual advisers and at the appropriate time and in the right setting. We fully understand that no single policy will accommodate the many diverse views among our membership or society.
The issue had been brought the forefront again after the case of Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio-based mother who was forced to resign as den leader of her son’s Tiger Scout group because she is a lesbian.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn