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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Triangle United Way is dropping the Boy Scouts as a member agency because of its ban against gays, The News and Observer reported April 23.

The Scouts hope to recover the difference in funding through direct donations from its supporters, the newspaper reported April 24.

The United Way’s board rejected an appeal Tuesday by the Occoneechee Council of Boy Scouts — which serves 21,000 boys in 12 counties, including Wake, Orange and Durham — from a board decision March 14 dropping it as a member agency.

As a result, the Scouts will not receive money from the United Way’s general fund after July 2003, the newspaper reported.

The council could receive funds through designated pledges after the 2002 annual campaign.

The United Way announced recently it would decrease funding to its 80 member agencies by 25 percent because of the increase in donations earmarked for relief for victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The United Way approved 85 other groups as member agencies.

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