Here’s a story to warm even the Grinchiest of hearts on this fine Christmas Eve day:
Over the weekend a troupe of Boy Scouts in Utah delivered pizza to hundreds of gay couples who were waiting in a long line to get their marriage licenses at a county clerk’s office in Salt Lake City. The boys (some clad in rainbow scaves!) also handed out slices to couples waiting in the hallways and county workers who had skipped lunch to stay around to process the licenses.
Photos of the act of goodwill were posted on Twitter and have since made their way around the web. Let’s hope they caught the eye of some of the BSA leadership (and Phil Robertson!), because this is what being a good scout is all about. Someone get these boys an “I’m Awesome” badge pronto!
Intel, one of the largest corporate donors to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), says it will cease all future funding to the group until gay scouts and leaders are welcome within the organization. Last week, Eagle Scout and LGBT activist Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality, launched a campaign on Change.org signed by more than 30,000 Americans urging Intel to pull funding from the Boy Scouts after an American Independent report revealed that the company gave nearly $700,000 to the Boy Scouts two years ago. Intel, it should be noted, received a perfect score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, and has an explicit policy of not donating to groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
Zach Wahls, founder of Scouts for Equality
“Intel made the right decision here, in order to live up to their corporate values of diversity, equality and individual liberty,” says Wahls. “Companies that support the LGBT community simply can’t be in the business of funding organizations that discriminate. Frankly, by sending this message, Intel is upholding the true spirit of Scouting better than the BSA is today.”
In a statement released to Think Progress late last week, Intel’s Chief Diversity Officer Rosalind Hudnell said that the company could no longer fund the Boy Scouts of America so long as the scouts ban gay troops and leaders.
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