The United Way supports the Boy Scouts of America and has a policy allowing the organization to deny membership based on sexual orientation. The Supreme Court upheld the Boy Scouts' right to screen its membership in June.
Alderman Jacquelyn Gist said the resolution gives the United Way a year to change its policy to discontinue support of members who discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. If the United Way does not change its policy, the town of Carrboro will no longer support it, she said.
While Carrboro does not contribute funds to the United Way, the town supports it in other ways, such as allowing it to solicit and recruit in the Town Hall, Gist said.
Mary Williams-Stover, vice president of marketing for Triangle United Way, said the organization is included in the campaign for Carrboro, meaning it is one of several organizations to which town employees might contribute money through payroll deductions.
Williams-Stover said the aldermen could exclude the United Way from the campaign if they chose. "We certainly respect their right to make that decision," she said.