James Turley–the global Chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young and a Board Member of the Boy Scouts of America–released a statement last night calling for the youth organization to end its ban on gay leaders and scouts.
“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.”
Turley issued this statement in response to ousted lesbian den mother Jennifer Tyrrell‘s call on her Change.org petition for the CEO’s of Ernst & Young and AT&T to stand up against the ban. Tyrrell has now updated her petition with a more pointed message for AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson:
“Corporate leaders have now joined hundreds of thousands of Americans, celebrities, as well as current and former Boy Scouts in standing up against discrimination. I hope that Mr. Stephenson hears our call for equality and chooses to stand with us.”
Mr. Stephenson, don’t let the call drop.