Merck Foundation Ends Relationship with Boy Scouts Funding Over Anti-Gay Policy

American Cub Scout salutes as he holds an American flag

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have lost yet another corporate sponsor angered by the organization’s stance on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Following in the footsteps of Intel and UPS, the Merck Foundation announced it would suspend all funding to the Boy Scouts until the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders is lifted.

The Merck Foundation’s Brian Grill wrote  a letter outlining the decision:

“The Merck Foundation believes that it is critical to honor and support a foundational policy of diversity and inclusion in all funding decisions. Recently, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) restated its policy that excludes members on the basis of sexual orientation. The BSA’s policy of exclusion directly conflicts with the Merck Foundation’s giving guidelines.We know that many of you have personally contributed to the BSA and that this decision may be upsetting to some of you. However, we cannot continue to provide support to an organization with a policy that is contrary to one of our core beliefs. We remain ready and willing to re-consider our funding position in the event that the BSA were to revise its policy.”

Read the letter in full here.

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