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.”
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A first in a series of videos about why a piecemeal approach is not enough and full inclusion is necessary, Zach Wahls, Co-Founder of Scouts for Equality, describes his scouting experience with his mother.
Joining UPS, Intel, and other large companies, The Merck Foundation has halted it’s funding to the Boy Scouts of America for their anti-gay policies. However Merck says they will consider funding the organization when they stop with their anti-gay ways. Here’s the letter Brian Grill of the Merck Foundation sent:
The Merck Foundation believes that it is critical to honor and support a foundational policy of diversity and inclusion in all funding decisions. Recently, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) restated its policy that excludes members on the basis of sexual orientation.
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Two days ago, the Boy Scouts of America responded to a petition with over 275,000 signatures calling for a change to their policy prohibiting LGBT scouts and scout leaders saying they will reconsider the anti-gay discrimination policy. While it might not sound like much, this is a big step for the BSA. Think Progress has an exclusive interview with Zach Wahls about what the decision to reconsider means.
Watch the interview after the jump.
Continue reading Zach Wahls talks about BSA decision to reconsider anti-gay policy