Caterpillar drops support for Boy Scouts!

Caterpillar_logo Well this is quite interesting! Caterpillar isn’t exactly the first thing that pops in your head when thinking about companies who support equality.

Nonetheless Caterpillar spokesperson Rachel Potts said they have decided to cut off funding after reviewing a $25,000 request from a local Illinois Scouting Troop because of their “discriminatory” policy barring gay adults from the organisation. 

“We have inclusive policies here at Caterpillar Inc., and the foundation abides by those,” said Potts. “We just don’t feel that our two organizations align.”

“However,” she added, “if there’s a change in the Boy Scouts’ policies, we would certainly consider a change in the future grants — if there was a change that aligned with what our non-discrimination policies are.”

Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. A big, masculine company like Caterpillar is moving forward and keeping with the times. Our favorite Boy Scout Ally Zach Wahls commented “This isn’t a crazy, progressive company that’s super liberal. (Caterpillar is) very much a middle-American company and I think this indicates where middle America is moving on this issue.”

What a beautiful thing!

Story via ABC

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