The national commissioner for the
Tico Perez told the Orlando Sentinel that Disney was "very forthright that this was coming down the pike," and that the Boy Scouts hoped to work with the media giant in the future "where our interests align."
Robert Utsey's letter was posted on a website for Scouts for Equality, an organization advocating against the ban on gay leaders.
Utsey said the National Boy Scouts of America's Council had reached out to Disney to resolve the situation.
"However, according to [Walt Disney World], their views do not currently align with the BSA," Utsey said. "We will continue to keep an open line of communication with them, but at this time, are unable to reverse their decision."
Disney has so far declined to comment on the matter, instead referring to its corporate policy of not giving grants to groups that "operate or support activities that are counter" to the company's nondiscrimination policies.