Boy Scouts removes gay troop leader in Seattle
Geoff McGrath holds his Boy Scout scoutmaster uniform shirt for the Seattle troop he led, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Bellevue, Wash. The Boys Scouts of America has removed McGrath, an openly gay troop leader, after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation. The BSA told McGrath in a letter Monday that “it has no choice but to revoke your registration” after he told news media he was gay in connection with a news story. McGrath, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout, has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last fall. (AP / Elaine Thompson)
A statue of a Boy Scout stands in front of the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014 7:03PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, April 1, 2014 10:24PM EDT
SEATTLE - The Boys Scouts of America has removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.
The organization told 49-year-old Geoff McGrath in a letter Monday that "it has no choice" but to revoke his registration after he told news media he was gay.
McGrath said Tuesday that he's stunned. He has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last fall. He told The Associated Press he plans to continue with his duties.
The Boys Scouts began accepting openly gay youths this year but continues to exclude openly gay adults from leadership positions.
In a statement Tuesday, the Boys Scouts said it doesn't proactively inquire about its members' sexual orientation, but McGrath provided information to national leadership and the media that led to his removal.