SUNBURY — The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way is withholding thousands of dollars from the Boy Scouts of America in response to the organization’s decision not to allow gay scout leaders.
The United Way announced Tuesday that it would not give the Susquehanna Council of Boy Scouts of America more than $11,000.
The Susquehanna Council of Boy Scouts of America serves close to 3,000 scouts in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Clinton and Lycoming counties.
The funding cuts by the United Way are in direct response to last month’s banning of openly gay scout leaders.
Both sides responded to the issue on Wednesday.
Based in Sunbury, the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way defends its decision to withhold funding for the Boy Scouts of America. The organization recently decided to allow openly gay scouts.
But the United Way feels that didn’t go far enough. The Boy Scouts still ban openly adult leaders.