Boy Scouts Were Pressured by Corporate Sponsors to Change Policy on Gays
The Human Rights Campaign, a pro-gay rights advocacy organization, told BSA's corporate sponsors that it would downgrade their "non-discrimination ratings" if they continued to give money to BSA, according to NBC News.
According to a review of corporate giving to BSA in 2010 conducted last September by The American Independent, 23 of the top 50 corporate foundations gave at least $10,000 to BSA. Those sponsors included Bank of America, Intel, UPS, U.S. Bank, Verizon and Wells Fargo. The largest donation in 2010, $700,000, came from Intel. Some donations were directly from the company. Other donations were through matching funds programs in which company employees choose the charity and the company would match a certain amount for every dollar given by the employee....
It hasn't been said that Boy Scouts USA has adopted this policy, yet. Some churches have both Awana and Scouts, so they can just drop the Scouting program. Scouting has had a pretty clean record through the years around the world, but not entirely flawless in the U.S. or e.g., Scouts refer sex abuse file to royal commission. Letting queers officially participate in Scouting will not help their membership at all, even amongst liberal churches.