Chipotle Cancels Sponsorship of Utah Boy Scout Event Over Antigay Policy

Despite originally saying the partnership would continue, a spokesman for the restaurant chain today confirmed a change.

BY Sunnivie Brydum

March 19 2013 1:17 PM ET

Chipotle Mexican Grill announced today that has cancelled its sponsorship of the Utah Scout-A-Rama, just one day after the company confirmed that the Boy Scouts' ban on gay members violates the company's antidiscrimination policy.

After initially saying it would continue to sponsor the event, Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told ThinkProgress that the decision had been reversed.

"By way of follow up, we have terminated our sponsorship of this event," wrote Arnold in an email to ThinkProgress's Josh Israel. "As I mentioned yesterday, community support decisions like this are made in a decentralized way and this one was inconsistent with our own policy. We believed that terminating the sponsorship and remaining consistent with our policy was the right thing to do, and we have reinforced our policy with the team that makes these decisions to try to prevent similar issues in the future."

ThinkProgress notes that the decision puts the restaurant chain back in accordance with its own corporate charitable giving policy, which mandates that the company "not support organizations that discriminate against a person or a group on the basis of age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religious belief."

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