Chipotle pulls Utah Boy Scouts sponsorship over gay ban
Chipotle Mexican Grill has withdrawn its support of a Boy Scouts event in Utah due to the organization’s ban on gay members.
“We believed that terminating the sponsorship and remaining consistent with our policy was the right thing to do, and we have reinforced our policy with the team that makes these decisions to try to prevent similar issues in the future,” the restaurant chain told ThinkProgress on Tuesday.
Chipotle planned to provide the Utah Boy Scouts with $4,200 worth of coupons for their annual “Scout-O-Rama” event, according to the The Associated Press. The restaurant chain has sponsored the event in the past.
ThinkProgress noted the sponsorship appeared to directly contradict Chipotle’s charitable giving policies. The company has vowed not support charity groups that discriminate based on sexual orientation.
The Boy Scouts have faced increasing pressure to drop their anti-gay policy.
The Boy Scouts of America considered lifting its ban on gay members and leaders in January. However, citing the “complexity of this issue,” the Boy Scouts’ executive board decided to delay a vote on repealing the ban until May.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the group was allowed to prohibit gay members under the First Amendment, which guarantees the freedom of association.
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