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Lockheed Martin ends Boy Scouts donations over ban on gay scout leaders

Thursday, December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON — Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting its donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization’s ban on gays serving as adult leaders after a review of the company’s philanthropy guidelines, the company said Thursday.

lockheed-martinLockheed Martin spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the company decided it will not support nonprofit organizations that do not align with its corporate policies or commitment to diversity. The company did not disclose how much it has contributed to the Boy Scouts.

Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed follows UPS Inc., Caterpillar, Merck & Co. and computer-chip maker Intel in withdrawing support for the Boy Scouts over its no-gays policy in the past two years.

In a written statement, Johndroe said Lockheed seeks to support nonprofit groups that value diversity.

“We believe engaging with and funding an organization that openly discriminates is in conflict with our policies,” he said. “While we applaud the mission of the Boy Scouts and the good things they do in our communities, their policies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and religious affiliation conflict with Lockheed Martin policies.”

This year, the Irving, Texas-based Boy Scouts revised its policy to allow gay boys to participate in Scouting, but it maintained the ban on gay leaders. The change drew criticism from both sides of the debate over the anti-gay policy.

Johndroe said Lockheed Martin was pleased to see the Boy Scouts revise its membership policy but opposes the continued ban on gay leadership. The company’s review of its philanthropy came at the end of the year as it reevaluates priorities for 2014, he said.

“We’re taking a close look at all non-profit organizations we support to ensure they align with our company’s core values,” Johndroe said.

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The Boy Scouts did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the company’s decision. The decision from Lockhe ed was first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In October, the Boy Scouts of America announced that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates will serve as its next president to lead its national executive board for two years. Gates was an Eagle Scout.

As defense secretary under President Barack Obama, Gates helped change the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning openly gay soldiers. He also served under President George W. Bush.

Gay-rights groups have praised the appointment of Gates and called on him to push the organization to end discrimination against gay adults.

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  1. good for them

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:52pm
  2. AWESOME

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:53pm
  3. Good

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:53pm
  4. Good!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:54pm
  5. GREAT NEWS

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:54pm
  6. Thank you!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:54pm
  7. That’s right, place your money where your support is. You don’t support their policies then don’t donate to them. That’s why I don’t give to the Salvation Army.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:54pm
  8. Same here. I also blacklisted Red Cross for what they did to veterans during WWII: serving coffee and donuts to vets in Burma and India while cameras were rolling, then taking away half-eaten donuts and half-drunk coffee when the cameras were shut off. Then they go and serve coffee and donuts to the homeless in Central Park in New York City for an hour as their way of saying "sorry". Insulting.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:52pm
  9. Saw a salvation army bucket outside my local grocery store yesterday. It was unattended and the person was standing inside the store waiting to be picked up. Nobody was donating and a lot of people were making comments. Oops. ;)

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:19pm
  10. Me, too! Sally's is a hateful place!

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:53pm
  11. Now if they would just stop making products to kill people.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:55pm
  12. This is very good news! A defense corporation does good for a change! NOW you’re starting to earn my tax dollars!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:55pm
  13. well done

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:56pm
  14. Kewl… but the still make missiles n stuffs.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:56pm
  15. Thank you for not supporting hatefulness

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 4:58pm
  16. About 15 years ago, I worked for the smallest-ever division of Lockheed-Martin. Even then, their internal policies seemed pretty inclusive.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:02pm
  17. Blame the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Now that gays will be moving up in ranks and discrimination is being wiped out of the military, contractors have to get all their policies and philanthropic practices in line if they want to win defense contracts. That is the soul reason. Do not doubt it. Money talks.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:07pm
  18. Good….

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:08pm
  19. I have worked for LM in Albuquerque (and still do in a detached way as they administer the Sandia Labs contract) and the religious good old boys in management can barely manage to hide their homophobia. They do nothing to retain or help gays get ahead in the company. There may be a couple of token examples, but if you are out in Albuquerque and work for a defense contractor, expect it will take you twice as long to move up as any churchie person. IMHO.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:10pm
  20. great for lockheed!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:10pm
  21. Hope they don’t donate to The Salvation Army either, they won’t even feed homeless gays, but since we are fabulous we’re rarely homeless. Still homophobes.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:10pm
  22. Actually, LGBTQ individuals make up a very large portion of the people living homeless in our country.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:13pm
  23. no not so

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:16pm
  24. Thanks for the support.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:12pm
  25. Right on Lockheed Martin – I admire your taking a stand that I certainly agree with. Bravo.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:14pm
  26. Not in mine love but I couldn’t believe the “Sally’s” sign of No Gays with these women smiling, despicable behaviour. Full support from Wales. Xxx

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:15pm
  27. No not so what George???? We ain’t fabulous or wot???

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:17pm
  28. This is great news!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:18pm
  29. Thats a huge loss.. Nice stand but sad for the Boy Scouts. Wish they would shape up.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:23pm
  30. good! more need to!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:42pm
  31. Thanks Lockheed Martin !

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:45pm
  32. GAY Scout Masters serve a purpose. They teach young men and boys not only how to make a fire and survive in the Wild, but how to cook fabulous meals, and decorate, thus letting their futures WIVES off the hook. Oh and because that loving, sensitive MAN you married ladies HAD a GAY Scout Master? Yeah, he will NOT let you leave the house looking like a hot mess. EVER!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:45pm
  33. way to encourage every stereotype about gays.

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:53pm
  34. Nope, not at all. Just making a point that Gay Scout Master can in fact teach young men and boys something OTHER than the Manly Arts they are pretty much fed. You know how many of us women would love to have a guy that could o that stuff because he was taught? Pretty sure the Ted Nugent look-a Like that represents most BSA Masters I've seen are NOT gonna teach this stuff. Seriously, don't be so sensitive, it was actually a COMPLIMENT to the mad skills you guys all have. I have NEVER seen a Gay man dressed poorly, with a horribly decorated home, or had one awful meal cooked by one. You guys have something to offer and you should be allowed to share it. Besides, I'd rather hang with you guys than the Straight ones any day! :)

    Replied on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:59pm
  35. good for them!!! THANK YOU

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:48pm
  36. Don’t pay, endorse, Haters to Hate.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:48pm
  37. yay! yay! and more yay

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:19pm
  38. no need in supporting hate

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:21pm
  39. Nice

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
  40. Well done Lockheed Martin thankyou for standing by your convictions. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-the-2014-Olympic-2018-world-cup-sponsors/610725992281537

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:34pm
  41. Thank you Lockheed Martin for your support and doing the right thing.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:45pm
  42. You know my scout leader was supposed to be straight but some serious shit went down on his troop camping trips and nothing was ever said if one gay scout leader steps out of line you can imagine the backlash and bullshit

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:52pm
  43. Thanks Lockheed Martin!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:54pm
  44. why does there need to be a boy scouts and girl scouts? why not just have… scouts? it has now been proven a lot of boys like to do girl things and a lot of girls like to do boy things… why not group them all together and let them do everything?

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 6:55pm
  45. Good.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:03pm
  46. Good job LM

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:15pm
  47. What

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:16pm
  48. What the Boy Scouts need to be concerned with are pedophiles who volunteer within that organization. Gay people are not a threat to young kids in any way shape or form. Lockheed Martin is standing by their convictions. Good for them.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:19pm
  49. Good for u! :)

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:04pm
  50. Maybe the boy scouts needs to watch the episode of South Park where they take away Big Gay Al because they thought he was the predator and put a real one in there. SMH

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:07pm
  51. Yay

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:18pm
  52. Woot Woot!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:44pm
  53. ha ha

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:10pm
  54. Thanks from this gay boy/man. Sure means a lot.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:22pm
  55. Exactly, vote with your money!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:23pm
  56. YES!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:31pm
  57. Good for them.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:42pm
  58. I always knew Lockheed Martin kicked ass.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 9:47pm
  59. The bigots and homophobes insist on making this an issue and dividing the scouts. So let them foot the bill.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 10:01pm
  60. Thank you Lockheed Martin!

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:05pm
  61. Haven’t given to a red kettle this yr….their gay policy offends me.

    Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:16pm