Lockheed Martin ends Boy Scouts gifts over gay ban - New York News

Lockheed Martin ends Boy Scouts gifts over gay ban

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By BRETT ZONGKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's ban on gays serving as adult leaders.

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.

Maryland-based Lockheed follows UPS and Intel in withdrawing support for the group.

The Boy Scouts said Lockheed has a right to express its opinion. Lockheed's decision was first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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