UPS Ends Donations to Boy Scouts

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The philanthropic arm of shipping giant UPS said it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group discriminates against gays.

The UPS Foundation made the change Thursday after an online petition protesting its annual grants to the Boy Scouts attracted more than 80,000 signatures. UPS, based in Atlanta, follows computer chip maker Intel in withdrawing corporate support for the Boy Scouts.

The UPS Foundation gave more than $85,000 to the Boy Scouts in 2011, according to its federal tax return.

Deron Smith, the director of public relations for the Boy Scouts of America, said the group was disappointed about the decision from UPS saying “These types of contributions go directly to serving young people in local councils and this decision will negatively impact youth.”