The Walt Disney Company has announced that they will stop funding the Boy Scouts of America due to their ban against gay leaders, starting in 2015.
The Boy Scouts have made it public that they are disappointed with Disney’s decision. The Boy Scouts representative, Deron Smith, released a statement saying, “We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids.”
Gay people were banned from the Boy Scouts, and until recently, the ban against minors of a different sexual orientation was lifted but the restriction on gay leaders still stands.
Representatives for the Boy Scouts have tried to negotiate to try to revert Disney’s decision but with no luck. Disney has yet to release a statement but refer to the companies policy of not supporting activities that are against the companies nondiscrimination policies.
Disney has shown their support of same-sex marriage in various ways, and have even shown their first same sex couple on the show, “Good Luck Charlie,” which airs on Disney Channel.
For the rest of 2014, Disney will still donate to the Boy Scouts before the decision takes full effect next year.