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Petition calls on UPS to end corporate donations to anti-gay Boy Scouts

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa — After successively lobbying Intel Corporation to end its corporate contributions to the Boy Scouts of America last month, LGBT rights advocate Zach Wahls has set his sights on United Parcel Service.

Wahls, an Eagle Scout raised by two lesbian moms, noted that in 2010, UPS gave nearly $167,000 to the Boy Scouts of America, despite the organization’s policy banning gay Scouts and leaders from participating.

On its corporate website, UPS also touts its 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

The company states:

“In today’s world, we understand that diversity encompasses more than race and gender. It extends to the full myriad of issues ranging from ethnicity to sexual orientation to physical ability. Inclusiveness, respect and cooperation are core values that help drive the way we do business with our customers and suppliers – and strengthen our bonds with a multi-cultural community of friends and neighbors.”

But Wahls said that the Boy Scouts’ policy “is inconsistent with how UPS views workplace equality and it is inconsistent with the Scout Law, which demands bravery, loyalty and kindness,” and has launched a new petition calling on UPS to end its donations to the Boy Scouts.

“The BSA has historically been a vital American institution critical in the development of our nation’s future leaders. But on July 17, 2012, the BSA reaffirmed their discriminatory policy, stating in part: “…we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals…”

“And because of this policy, inspirational Scouts and Scout leaders — Like Ohio Den Mother Jennifer Tyrrell and Kentucky Scoutmaster Greg Bourke — continue to be fired from the Boy Scouts, just because they are gay.


“UPS Foundation President Eduardo Martinez should know all too well how senseless and out-of-touch the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy is. Mr. Martinez serves as Chair of the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and is a board member for The Metro Atlanta YMCA. Both of these organizations welcome and benefit from embracing gay youth and leaders in their programming.”

Last month, Wahls launched a similar petition calling on Intel to cease its financial support of the Boy Scouts until the group ends its ban on openly gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders.

Wahls noted that in 2010, Intel gave nearly $700,000 to BSA despite its anti-gay policy.

Days later, in a statement released to Think Progress, Intel’s Chief Diversity Officer, Rosalind Hudnell, confirmed that the company would no longer fund the Boy Scouts of America, so long as the Scouts stand by their long-held policy barring gay troops and leaders from participating in the organization.

Wahls recently co-founded a pro-gay group called Scouts for Equality, aimed at influencing the Boy Scouts to rescind its anti-gay policies.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. really not a big deal…

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 11:57am
  2. Organizations that discriminate do not deserve handouts from anyone.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:01pm
  3. lol they won’t. I mean just look at their outfits. they both wear short shorts lol

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:02pm
  4. It is if your son is gay and wants to be a scout… Or if your husband/brother is gay and has been a beloved scout leader for years but is suddenly fired for having a boyfriend…. There are many ways in which discrimination is a big deal.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:02pm
  5. Eh…. I’m not a fan of the homophobic organizations, but you can’t sanitize the world. As long as FedEx doesn’t do it, I’ll just use them instead. I mean, if the UPS strike and dropping every package they have in their possession, and horrible business hours for customer-pickup didn’t put them out of business, I don’t think this will dent them.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:03pm
  6. very big deal

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:08pm
  7. Omg I have to do a lot of online ordering and some stuff arrives via UPS! I did not know this about them. Will not be ordering anything that must be shipped via them anymore. >:/

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:09pm
  8. Pitty I can not share from my cell

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:09pm
  9. Since they’re anti-gay, that really makes me wonder where they stand on disabilities.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:39pm
  10. I Signed!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 1:02pm
  11. What’s really bad is that a lot of their employees are gay & lesbian. I worked there for over 18 years.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 3:38pm
  12. The Warn Act of 1988, requires most employers with 100 or more employees to provide sixty calendar-day advance notification of plant closings and mass layoffs of employees.

    Unless those layoffs are due to the $1trillion in federal spending cuts due to take effect January 2nd due to budget cuts known as sequestration, that may take effect under the current occupant of the White House.

    “If, under sequestration, an agency would alter a contract leading to layoffs and the contractor has abided by Labor’s guidance, “then any resulting employee compensation costs for WARN Act liability as determined by a court, as well as attorneys’ fees and other litigation costs (irrespective of litigation outcome), would qualify as allowable costs and be covered by the contracting agency, if otherwise reasonable and allocable.” ~ Office of Managment and Budget (OMB)
    (In other words, if the employee sues “We” would cover the litigation bills for Lockheed)

    Let’s see Jan 2nd minues 60 days would put the notifications right about Nov 2.
    Ooops. Just before election day.
    No wonder why the Obama White House is trying to stop the notifications….it might effect his votes.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 8:16pm