After protests from several civil rights groups, restaurant chain Chipotle cancelled its involvement with a Utah Boy Scouts event. The restaurant had originally agreed to provide lunch for the annual Scout-O-Rama, which will be held later this summer.
However, after ThinkProgress.org and other websites questioned the involvement due to the Scouts’ anti-gay stance, Chipotle spokesperson Chris Arnold said the company will not support groups that are not inclusive.
In an email to ThinkProgress, Arnold wrote:
By way of follow up, we have terminated our sponsorship of this event.
As I mentioned yesterday, community support decisions like this are made in a decentralized way and this one was inconsistent with our own policy. We believed that terminating the sponsorship and remaining consistent with our policy was the right thing to do, and we have reinforced our policy with the team that makes these decisions to try to prevent similar issues in the future.
Chiptole’s stated corporate policy says the company “will not support organizations that discriminate against a person or a group on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.”
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that corporate fundraising for the Scout-O-Rama is down to $7,000 from $80,000 in previous years.