Atlanta defense giant to Scouts: No more cash

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That $55,000 that Lockheed Martin's Marietta plant and employees contribute to Atlanta-area Boy Scouts each year is no more. The company said Wednesday it's dumping the Scouts over its ban on gay troop leaders.

The defense giant, based in Maryland, said it's cutting off the Scouts over its refusal to allow gay troop leaders, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.

“While we applaud the mission of the Boy Scouts and the good things they do in our communities, their policies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and religious affiliation conflict with Lockheed Martin policies,” said Lockheed spokesman Gordon Johndroe.

Some 6,000 people work in the company's Marietta facility, which donated about $25,000 to Scouting activities in metro Atlanta this year. An employee giving fund kicked in an additional $30,000. Cutting ties with the Boy Scouts starts on Jan. 1.

“This includes all company monetary contributions and company-sponsored employee activities with the Scouts like facility tours, on-site Scouting activities and events, service on the Atlanta Council’s executive board and employee volunteer activities on company time,” he said.

Lockheed Martin scored a perfect 100 on the HRC's most recent Corporate Equality Index. UPS, which is based in Sandy Springs, dumped the Scouts last year to the tune of shutting down annual donations of about $167,000.

Bigotry is expensive. But don't tell Marietta pastor Randy Mickler.

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