News release from GLAAD:
Yesterday Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell started a new Change.org petition in which she called for the CEOs of AT&T and Ernst & Young to stand with her in calling on the BSA to end the ban on gay scouts and scout leaders. Both CEOs are on the Board of Directors of the BSA.
The CEO of Ernst & Young has now come out against the ban. The CEO of AT&T stopped short of doing so.
Here are the responses from the CEOs of Ernst & Young and AT&T:
AT&T from MSNBC.com: "Diversity and inclusion are part of AT&T’s culture and operations, and we’re proud to be recognized as a leader in this area,” he said in a statement to CNBC. “We don’t agree with every policy of every organization we support, nor would we expect them to agree with us on everything. Our belief is that change at any organization must come from within to be successful and sustainable."
Ernst & Young Statement given to CNBC *(please note CNBC received): “Ernst & Young is proud to have such a strong record in LGBT inclusiveness. As CEO, I know that having an inclusive culture produces the best results, is the right thing for our people and makes us a better organization. My experience has led me to believe that an inclusive environment is important throughout our society and I am proud to be a leader on this issue. I support the meaningful work of the Boy Scouts in preparing young people for adventure, leadership, learning and service, however the membership policy is not one I would personally endorse. As I have done in leading Ernst & Young to being a most inclusive organization, I intend to continue to work from within the BSA Board to actively encourage dialogue and sustainable progress.”
Tyrrell has updated her Change.org petition to continue to call for action from AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson.