SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution to withdraw $6 million in city accounts from Bank of America because it supports the Boy Scouts of America.
The supervisors who supported the resolution, which now goes before the mayor, accuse the Scouts organization of discriminating against homosexuals.
The move against BankAmerica Corp.'s lead bank, the largest in California, came in tandem with a board vote to boycott Colorado products and prohibit official travel to that state because of its recent passage of an antigay referendum.
A Move to Pull Deposits
In a 7-to-3 vote on the Bank of America resolution, the board urged city officials to withdraw the deposits to protest the bank's charitable contributions to the Boy Scouts.
Supervisors led by Roberta Achtenberg said the Scouts discriminate by not allowing gays to be Scouts or Scout leaders.
The bank earlier this year withheld contributions to the Boy Scouts but then reversed its position, based on its understanding that the organization is open to all boys who subscribe to the Scouts' oath.
Alex Clemens, a legislative aide to Ms. Achtenberg, said Mayor Frank Jordan had 10 days to decide whether to sign it, let it pass without his signature, or veto it.