Boy Scouts of America revokes charter after scoutmaster comes out as gay

Church stands by scoutmaster through controversy

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Among more recent controversies, the BSA came under fire last year after Jennifer Tyrrell, an Ohio den leader, was dismissed by her local Boy Scout officials for being a lesbian. On Feb. 5, Tyrell presented a petition she said was signed by…

A Boy Scouts of America charter has been revoked after the scoutmaster of the Seattle troop came out as openly gay.

Time reports, The BSA has revoked the charters of the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church and its two scouting units, Troop 98 and Pack 98, for standing by Geoffrey McGrath after the BSA ousted him as a Scoutmaster in March, according to Scouts for Equality, a group that lobbies against discrimination in the scouting movement.

The church's Rev. Dr. Monica Corsaro has refused to remove McGrath from his leadership position, deciding that their church will stand by him.

"Based on our religious principles, we will continue to act as an autonomous church that does not discriminate," she said in a statement to Scouts for Equality. "We will continue to have our troop meetings here, every Thursday night, with business as usual."

The director of communications for BSA, Deron Smith, said the church left them no choice but to withdraw their charter.

"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. We are contacting the parents and leaders of the units to inform them of the chartered organization change."

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