The Boy Scouts of America are still undergoing talks on whether or not to end the ban on homosexuals within the organization. A decision was supposed to be made in February but has since been pushed back to May. Many Americans are upset by the organization dragging its feet and it’s beginning to show.
As you might have noticed March has not been a good month for the Boy Scouts. Between Train and Carly Rae Jepsen pulling out The 2013 National Scout Jamboree and Madonna dressing as a scout to host the GLAAD awards, the scouts cannot escape the negative press. To top it all off the popular Mexican chain Chipotle announced today that it will no longer sponsor Utah’s “Scout-o-Rama.”
Chipotle revoked its sponsorship due to the BSA policy on banning homosexuals. The restaurant had been slated to donate $4,200 worth of coupons for the event but quickly decided against it. Chipotle Spokesman Chris Arnold had this to say regarding the revoked sponsorship, “When our leadership became aware of this sponsorship, we quickly decided to terminate it because of our anti-discrimination policy, which [includes sexual orientation]. The decision to terminate the sponsorship was made because it is inconsistent with our anti-discrimination policy.”
This puts the BSA behind in sponsorship revenue for the event. As one of the largest BSA councils, The Great Salt Lake Council, set its target goal of $70,000. According to the Salt Lake Tribune an e-mail that went out to hundreds of scout leaders stated they Council had only collected $8,000 of their $70,000 goal. Rick Barnes, an executive for the Great Salt Lake Scouts, was quick to dispel that rumor claiming that they were only $5,000 away from their goal with all their sponsors in place. Barnes also had this to say about the loss of sponsorship for Utah’s Scout-o-Rama “Chipotle pulled out but the show will go on.”
But will the show go on? It seems that even if the BSA is reluctant to embrace change, they just may have to. They are losing sponsors and performers left and right. If that is not a sign to move forward I don’t know what is. What do you think the future holds for the BSA?