Posted: Dec 19, 2013 9:40 AM
Updated: Dec 19, 2013 9:42 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is halting its donations to the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's ban on gays serving as adult leaders.
Lockheed Martin spokesman Gordon Johndroe said Thursday that the company decided it will not support nonprofit organizations that don't align with its corporate policies or commitment to diversity. The company did not disclose how much it has contributed to the Boy Scouts.
In a written 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 Boy Scouts' mission and good work but has a conflict with policies that discriminate based on sexual orientation.
Maryland-based Lockheed follows UPS and computer chip-maker Intel in withdrawing support for the Boy Scouts.