Defense contractor Lockheed Martin is the latest company to end all of its corporate donations to the Boy Scouts of America, citing the organization’s continued discrimination against gay and lesbian Scout leaders. According to spokesperson Gordon Johndroe, Lockheed’s policies protect against such discrimination, and thus the company is ending its donations to the Boy Scouts, as well as any other organization that refuses full access to the LGBT community:
Spokesman Gordon Johndroe said Thursday that the company decided it won’t support nonprofit organizations that don’t align with its corporate policies or commitment to diversity. The company didn’t disclose how much it has given the group.
In a statement, Johndroe says, “We believe engaging with and funding an organization that openly discriminates is in conflict with our policies.” He says the company applauds the Scouts’ mission but has a conflict with policies that discriminate based on sexual orientation.
Lockheed Martin follows in the footsteps of UPS, Intel, and the Merck Foundation, all of which similarly ended corporate donations to the Boy Scouts. Likewise, performing artists like Train and Carly Rae Jepson refused to perform at a Scouting event because of its policies.
In May, the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay scouts for the first time in its history, but it maintained its policy that openly gay adults could not serve as leaders. Thus, a gay Scout would be prohibited from continuing to support the organization after his 18th birthday, and the same-sex parents of any Scout are prohibited from supporting their son’s troop.