WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The United Way of Forsyth County has omitted a clause barring discrimination based on sexual orientation from its partnership agreements, the Associated Press reported Sept. 22.
The Old Hickory Scouts Council objected to the clause because national and local scout policies allow the exclusion of homosexuals from membership.
More than $400,000 in funding for the council was at stake.
Scout supporters threatened to cut off contributions to the United Way if the clause was not cut. Local gay rights activists have threatened to stop giving in the wake of the decision.
In June, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed the Boy Scouts of America to retain its discrimination policy on the basis of sexual orientation. As a result, United Way agencies nationwide have been redefining their relationships with scout groups.
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