Zach Wahls, the son of two lesbian moms who rose to fame after his gay marriage speech went viral on YouTube last year, has started an online petition urging Verizon to stop donations to the Boy Scouts of America.
In his Change.org petition, Wahls writes the Boy Scouts do not “deserve the financial backing of companies that strive for workplace equality.”
“Verizon Communications Inc. recently received a perfect 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index,” Wahls writes.
“Under the eligibility requirements listed on the Verizon Foundation's website, the company says it will NOT fund organizations that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. But in 2010, Verizon gave more than $315,000 in grants to the Boy Scouts, despite the Scouts' policy banning gay youth and leaders from participating.”
The petition, started on Nov. 20, has quickly gained momentum and it’s only about 15,000 signatures away of its 60,000 goal.
"Intel Corporation and UPS, two large corporate donors of the Boy Scouts, recently announced that they've updated their funding guidelines to reject organizations that discriminate -- including the Boy Scouts. Now it's time for Verizon to do the same," Wahls concludes.
Last July, the BSA reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays and lesbians from serving as scouts or troop leaders.
Read or sign the petition, here.