Boy Scouts Shut Down Troop for Supporting Their Gay Scoutmaster

Boy Scouts Revoke Seattle Troop's Charter over Gay Scoutmaster
Geoff McGrath
Elaine Thompson/AP

updated 04/22/2014 at 07:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/22/2014 08:00AM

The Boy Scouts' motto is "Be prepared," but should that extend to situations like this?

The Boy Scouts of America had revoked the charters of the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church in Seattle, Wash., for standing with its openly gay scoutmaster, Geoffrey McGrath, after he was removed from his position by the BSA in March.

The church's reverend, Monica Corsaro, told Scouts for Equality, "Based on our religious principles, we will continue to act as an autonomous church that does not discriminate. We will continue to have our troop meetings here, every Thursday night, with business as usual."

But the BSA is holding firm: "We are saddened by this development, but remain committed to providing all youth with the best possible scouting experience where the scouting program is the main focus," BSA director of communications Deron Smith told Time.



According to Time, McGrath is believed to be the first openly gay Scout leader to be removed from his position since the BSA voted to remove gay adults from leadership positions last year. McGrath told Scouts for Equality he was "stunned and disappointed" to hear of his troop's charter being removed.



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