Boy Scouts remove gay troop leader in Seattle

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

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 BSA told 49-year-old Geoff McGrath in a letter Monday that "it has no choice but to revoke your registration" after he told news media he was gay.

McGrath said Tuesday he was 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 BSA began accepting openly gay youths this year after a bitter nationwide debate, but it continues to exclude openly gay adults from leadership positions.

In a statement Tuesday, the BSA said it "does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of our members" but that McGrath provided information to national leadership and the media that led to his removal.

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