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Boy Scouts disappointed Caterpillar drops support

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:16 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:27 p.m. CST

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The director of Boy Scouts of America says he's disappointed Caterpillar Inc. will no longer give money to the group.

But Deron Smith on Thursday thanked the Peoria-based heavy equipment manufacturer for its past support.

Caterpillar spokeswoman Rachel Potts said Thursday that the Caterpillar Foundation has decided to withdraw its supports for Boy Scouts of America. Potts says the company believes the group's policy barring homosexual adults from serving as scout leaders is discriminatory.

Potts said the decision wasn't necessarily related to the Boy Scouts of America's recent decision to allow homosexual scouts, while still prohibiting participation by openly homosexual adults.

Other companies such as United Parcel Service and Intel Corporation stopped supporting the scouts well before the recent decision.

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