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The United Way of Westchester and Putnam counties will end its support of traditional Boy Scout programs after this year because the Scouts bar homosexuals from serving as troop leaders.

The decision will cost the Westchester-Putnam Boy Scout Council $150,000 a year, 7 percent of its budget.

Ralph Gregory, the United Way's local president, said the charity decided to end its support for the Scouts because "it was extremely important for us to be able to say that all our donor dollars go to programs that are consistent with inclusiveness."

He said the charity would accept applications for funding from a Scout subsidiary called Learning for Life, which admits boys and girls and does not ban gays.

The United Way joins a growing number of organizations reacting to a Supreme Court ruling in June that upheld the Scouts' policy. Tuesday night, the board of Community School District 2 in Manhattan passed a resolution banning its schools from sponsoring Boy Scout troops. Several companies have also dropped financial support.

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