Chipotle Mexican Grill on Tuesday withdrew its sponsorship of a Utah Boy Scouts event over the organization's ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.

The announcement came after reported that the fast-food eatery's sponsorship was in violation of its own charitable giving policies.

The progressive blog quoted Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold in comments to the Salt Lake Tribune defending the company's sponsorship of the Utah Scout-O-Rama, the annual fundraising gala for the Great Salt Lake Council, the largest Boy Scouts of America (BSA) council and a leading supporter of the BSA's gay ban.

“In Salt Lake, the Scouting institution is very strong, and it is our chance to connect with customers in that community,” Arnold told the paper. He added that the company “would like to see” the BSA “in a place that's more inclusive than where they are now.”

In emails to, Arnold at first pointed out that the company's sponsorship was limited to “coupons for volunteers and participants and was an effort to connect with those individuals, not to endorse any Boy Scout policies.”

But in a subsequent email, Arnold said the company was withdrawing from the event.

“By way of follow up, we have terminated our sponsorship of this event,” Arnold wrote.

“As I mentioned yesterday, community support decisions like this are made in a decentralized way and this one was inconsistent with our own policy. We believed that terminating the sponsorship and remaining consistent with our policy was the right thing to do, and we have reinforced our policy with the team that makes these decisions to try to prevent similar issues in the future.”