Director Steven Spielberg said Monday that he is quitting the advisory board of the Boy Scouts of America because the organization excludes gay members and leaders.
"The last few years in Scouting have deeply saddened me to see the Boy Scouts of America actively and publicly participating in discrimination. It's a real shame," Spielberg said in a statement.
The Oscar-winning producer and director, who gained the Scouts' highest honor of Eagle Scout, has been a member of the advisory board for about 10 years, said his publicist, Marvin Levy.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts' national policy banning gay members and leaders is constitutional. The court cited the right to freedom of association granted to private groups.