Chipotle pulls sponsorship of Boy Scout event in Utah
Chipotle has pulled its support from a Utah Boy Scouts’ annual event because of the group’s current ban on allowing gay members.
The popular Mexican food restaurant chain’s anti-discrimination policy prohibits support of organizations that exclude based on sexual orientation, the Associated Press reports. The Colorado-based company initially signed on to provide about $4,200 worth of coupons to Utah’s “Scout-O-Rama,” set for May 4.
“It was never our intention for this to be this some kind of an endorsement of broader Boy Scout policies,” a Chipotle spokesperson said. “Ultimately, we decided that the right thing to do was to remain consistent with our policy and terminate the sponsorship.”
The Boy Scouts of America have mulled getting rid of the ban or allowing a local option that would give the decision to the individual troops, but the rule currently maintains that no member of the Boy Scouts is to be openly gay. The organization has been thrust to the forefront of the gay marriage debate and have lost support from many public figures while it ponders its decision.
Rick Barnes, executive of the Boy Scouts’ Great Salt Lake Council in the Salt Lake City area, told AP that while the Scouts respect Chipotle’s decision, “the show will go on.”
They currently have $65,000 in sponsorship, an average amount for the event, Mr. Barnes said.
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