United Way Severs Financial Ties With Boy Scouts Over Ban On Gay Leaders

Oct 23, 2013

United Way of the Bluegrass is pulling its annual funding from the Boy Scouts of America’s Blue Grass Council.

The move comes in reaction to the national scouting ban on gays serving in adult leadership roles.

The Boy Scout’s National Council voted in May to open the doors to openly gay youth but stopped short of allowing gays to serve as scout leaders. Now, the United Way is halting its yearly donation of $96,000 in protest. That’s according to a latter the council sent to families.

Dan Koett, chief marketing officer for the Council, says the United Way was the Blue Grass Council’s largest single donor.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the cut will affect scouting services in Anderson, Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Montgomery, and Scott counties – about 6000 young people in all.

The United Way stopped sending its monthly donation this month.