The Triangle United Way's policy of allowing Boy Scout organizations to exclude gays from leadership positions has prompted an Orange County United Way chairman to resign and has raised concerns among its board members.
Robert Seymour, chairman of the United Way's Orange County senior issues committee, left his position in protest of a policy he feels is discriminatory toward gays.
As a member of the Orange County Human Rights Commission and former pastor of Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, which welcomes gays and lesbians, Seymour said not taking action would compromise his beliefs.
"I've been an advocate for gays and lesbians and fully support the position of church," he said. "I'm part of a welcoming and affirming church, which includes gays and lesbians in every level of the church's life, including ordaining them to serve as clergy."
Triangle United Way, which provides funding for local Boy Scout troops, was pressured to discontinue its support after the Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts of America could prohibit gays from holding leadership positions.
But Triangle United Way refused, arguing that such action would hurt local troops and sparking a reaction in local communities.
"I feel that (Triangle) United Way may have missed an opportunity to join with other United Ways across the country to say to Boy Scouts we feel we can't continue funding until the policy is changed," Seymour said.
Triangle United Way instead offered a two-tiered nondiscrimination policy for its member organizations to follow.