Donations drop for Scouts in Utah after gay leader decision


.A Boy Scout wears his kerchief embroidered with a rainbow knot during Salt Lake City’s annual gay pride parade. The Mormon Church, the nation's largest sponsor of Boy Scout units, is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders. Church leaders decided to stay with the Boy Scouts after getting assurances they can appoint troop leaders according to their own religious and moral values, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.© Rick Bowmer/AP A Boy Scout wears his kerchief embroidered with a rainbow knot during Salt Lake City’s annual gay pride parade. The Mormon Church, the nation’s largest sponsor of Boy Scout units, is keeping its longtime affiliation with the…

 

 

Associated Press | MSN News | November 16, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — One of the largest Boy Scout councils in the country is laying off employees because donations are down — possibly a side effect of tension between the Scouts and the Mormon church over this summer’s decision to allow gay Scout leaders.

The fall fundraising driver for the Utah National Parks Council is only about halfway over, but council president Stan Lockhart said preliminary data shows a substantial drop in donations.

“This is a painful day for us all,” Lockhart said Monday. “These are people we know and love, who have dedicated their careers to helping Boy Scouts. It just hurts.”

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