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March 03, 2014

Disney to End Support for Boy Scouts Over Partial Gay Ban

The Walt Disney Company says it will pull its support from the Boy Scouts of America next year because of the youth organization's prohibition on gays and lesbians serving as troop leaders, CNN reports.

Disney does not contribute directly to the national Scouts group or local councils, but its VoluntEARS program allows employees to do volunteer work in exchange for cash donations to charities of their choice. The entertainment conglomerate said that starting in 2015, staffers will no longer be able to earn funds for the Boy Scouts through the program.

The national Boy Scouts leadership voted last year to open the group's ranks to gay youths but kept intact a ban on homosexual adults in leadership roles. Disney's giving guidelines bar support for organizations that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Several major corporations have also ended partnerships with the Scouts over its policy on gays.