The Huffington Post reported the debate over the Boy Scouts of America’s attitude toward gay scouts and leaders is getting more contentious. A Chipotle in Utah is pulling its support from the Boy Scouts’ Scout-O-Rama event because it refuses to end the ban. The chain, based in Colorado, had originally agreed to donate $4,200 worth of coupons to the program has now refused. The Boy Scouts Great Salt Lake Council is the largest in the country and many scouts are funded by Mormon churches.
The company has a strict anti-discrimination policy, which states that it won’t contribute to organizations who exclude members based on sexuality. A Chipotle spokesman said the company’s leaders heard about the fundraiser and insisted the store in question pull its support.
Chipotle isn’t the only company to pull its support from the Scouts. Intel and 3M have also stopped supporting the organization because of its policy on gays. However, these companies as well as others have pulled their support on a national level while continuing to support local Scout troops who have spoken out against the ban. Losing support as well as outcry from troops as well as the public has forced the Boy Scouts to reconsider its policy on gay members. It is currently surveying parents, members, officials and others involved with the Scouts to determine whether or not it will change the policy. It’s expect the Scouts will announce their decision in May.