Boy Scouts Of America Shut Down Seattle Troop For Refusing To Banish Openly Gay Scoutmaster

(Yahoo! News) -- The Boy Scouts of America, one of the country’s largest and oldest youth organizations, has shut down a Seattle troop and pack for refusing to remove an openly homosexual scoutmaster.

In a letter sent last week from BSA attorney Steven P. McGowan to Seattle attorney Peter J. Mullenix, the Scouts fault Rainier Beach United Methodist Church for allowing Geoff McGrath to serve in violation of their policy that “does not allow open or avowed homosexuals to serve as volunteer adult leaders.”

The chapter is being closed “as a result of this refusal to comply with the policies, guidelines, rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America,” according to the letter. It goes on to say Troop 98 may “no longer use the Scouting program or any of its registered marks or brands.”

However, the Rev. Monica Corsaro, minister of the Seattle troop’s host church, told Yahoo News on Monday that the 15 Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will meet this week as though nothing had changed. But will they wear their uniforms?

“Those boys paid for those uniforms,” Corsaro said. “It will not be me telling them to not wear their uniforms.”McGrath, 49, made headlines last month when BSA leadership said they learned through a news story that he was gay. The National Council immediately removed McGrath from its rolls for “deliberately injecting” his sexuality into the job. McGrath maintains the organization had known all along about his open support of gay rights. 

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