Walt Disney World dumps Boy Scouts of America over anti-gay policy
Scouting official acknowledges the resort's 'views do not currently align with the BSA and they are choosing to discontinue this level of support'
Walt Disney World Resort has stopped contributing to local Boy Scouts of America chapters in Florida because of the organization’s continued ban on gay leaders and employees.
The BSA began to allow openly gay members at the start of the year but the inclusion ends when a scout turns 18.
Disney World, located in Orlando, did not make an announcement regarding its dumping of BSA. Reuters reports that the news came via an email to local members from Scouts’ Central Florida Council Board President Robert Utsey.
Utsey wrote: ‘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.
He shared that the National BSA Council has become involved and reached out to the theme park to try and 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,’ Utsey wrote. ‘We will continue to keep an open line of communication with them, but at this time, are unable to reverse their decision.’
Walt Disney World Resort is comprised of four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The donations to local chapters of the scouts was done through its ‘Ears to You’ program.