Nonprofit group targeting Boy Scouts' corporate donors

Campaign is against Scouts' gay marriage stance

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Some new revelations emerging from a San Diego event could spell problems for the Boy Scouts of America.
 
10News confirmed a local group is helping to ramp up a major campaign that's already cost the Boy Scouts its biggest corporate sponsor. 
 
Zach Wahls' impassioned speech about his two lesbian mothers before Iowa politicians considering a ban on gay marriage went viral. He was also invited to speak at the Democratic National Convention. 
 
Wahls, an Eagle Scout, founded Scouts For Equality to target the group's ban on gay members. This weekend, he spoke at a San Diego church, fresh off a major victory.
 
"We're very excited about that," said Wahls.
 
Last week, he started an online petition drive after reports surfaced that Intel was the Boy Scouts' largest corporate donor at about $700,000.
 
Tyler Dylan-Hyde, who heads Advancing Compassion Project, a nonprofit working with Wahls, signed the petition.
 
"People need to stand up for equality and kids. Intel has a non-discrimination policy and yet they donate to the Boy Scouts. We know they care about their brand and image and that's whey responded so quickly," said Dylan-Hyde.
 
It took a few days for the petition drive to notch 30,000 signatures. Days later, Intel said it was withdrawing its support of the scouts.
 
At the local forum on the Scouts, Wahls hinted at what's next.
 
"We believe this is going to allow us to put pressure on other corporate donors," said Wahls.
 
10News has learned within weeks, Wahls and supporters will begin petition drives against other Fortune 500 donors with non-discrimination policies.
 
"I think the plan is 3 to 5 companies, probably move on them one by one," said Dylan-Hyde.
 
In a statement, the Boy Scouts said, "Unfortunately, this decision will have a direct impact on the youth we serve through local councils, many of whom are disadvantaged and at risk youth."
 
According to a website that tracks donations, the Boy Scouts receive 64 percent of its funding from corporate donors.
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