Gay News Flash: MERCK Pulls Funding from Boy Scouts

The Merck Foundation became the latest corporate leader to speak out against the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.

 The Merck Foundation announced that it will suspend all funding to the BSA and will consider funding the organization again when the BSA ends the discriminatory ban. The Merck Foundation joins other BSA sponsors including the Intel Foundation and the UPS Foundation in choosing to provide financial support to only those organizations that align with the company’s non-discrimination policy.

In a statement on Merck’s site, they explained:

The BSA’s policy of exclusion based on sexual orientation
directly conflicts with the Merck Foundation’s giving guidelines.  The
Foundation re-evaluated funding for the BSA when the organization
restated its policy that excludes members on the basis of sexual
orientation.  Merck Foundation has notified the BSA of this decision.

As part of the broader review of funding decisions in 2013, the
Foundation is currently assessing all current and future funding
commitments to ensure that it is not funding organizations with policies
contrary to its own.

UPS has also PULLED FUNDING!  And Verizon is now being asked to stop, as well.