Boy Scouts of America disbands pack led by gay scoutmaster

Boy Scouts of America disbands pack led by gay scoutmaster

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 22 April 2014 15:38 Written by // Andrew Shaw

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has revoked the charter of a Seattle church that refused to fire its pack's gay scoutmaster.

CNN reports the 15 boys of Pack and Troop 98 based out of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church will have an opportunity to transfer to another troop, according to the BSA’s legal representative, Steven McGowan.

"As you are aware the policy of the Boy Scouts of America does not allow open or avowed homosexuals to serve as volunteer adult leaders," McGowan's wrote to an attorney representing the church.

The church received its BSA charter in November and hired Geoff McGrath, a 49-year-old Eagle Scout, to lead the troop. 

The Rev. Monica Corsaro said she knew McGrath was gay, and she wasn't trying to make any political statement by hiring him.

"We were not hiding," she said. "We are talking about real people that are being effected by a policy of discrimination ... by a policy that BSA teaches, so we are just calling it out."

Scouts Australia welcomes gay men and boys with a non-discriminatory policy across the board.



Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

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