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The Boy Scouts' ban on gay leaders just cost it a ton of money


Starting next year, the Walt Disney Company will no longer provide funding to the Boy Scouts of America because of the group's ban on gay leaders.

Though Disney itself does not donate directly to the Scouts, it contributes via its VoluntEARS program, which allows employees to direct money to charities of their choice in exchange for volunteer work. Beginning in 2015 though, employees will no longer be allowed to send their volunteer cash to the BSA. As CNN points out, employees raised a little more than $4.8 million through the program in 2010 alone.

Though the BSA began welcoming gay members this year, it still boots them once they turn 18, and it still bans openly gay troop leaders.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this article reported that employees raised $4.8 million for the BSA in 2010. That sum was the amount raised for all organizations, not just the Scouts.