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Restaurants Donate To Scouts After Chipotle Retracts Funds To Protest Gay Ban

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File photo of a Chipotle sign. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

File photo of a Chipotle sign. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A handful of Utah restaurants are filling a lunch-money void for an upcoming Boy Scout conference after Chipotle Mexican Grill pulled its sponsorship of “Scout-O-Rama” due to the organization’s long-standing ban on gays.

The Colorado-based chain pulled its pledge of $4,200 worth of coupons Tuesday.

The Salt Lake tribune reports that (http://bit.ly/11tfIXz)Wingers Roadhouse Grill, Utah Sports Lodge and Madeline’s Steakhouse have stepped forward to fill that void.

Wingers says it values diversity and is also pledging to give a donation to the Utah Pride Center that will match its Scout-O-Rama donation.

Chipotle says company policy bars the chain from supporting organizations that exclude people based on sexual orientation.

The Utah Boy Scouts’ annual event is scheduled for May 4 in a Salt Lake suburb.

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