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Support pours in for Gay Scoutmaster after BSA revokes church’s charter

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is calling on the Boy Scouts of America to end its longstanding discriminatory ban on Gay adults in scouting and reinstate Rainier Beach United Methodist Church’s charter. In March, BSA leaders fired Geoff McGrath, 49, leader of Troop 98 in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood after he came out as Gay in an NBC News report. McGrath’s troop’s meetings were held weekly at Rainier Beach United Methodist Church. After his firing, the church stood by him and McGrath continued to lead the troop. BSA leaders have revoked the church’s charter. ‘Banning a caring Scoutmaster who has dedicated his time and efforts to helping young men grow into adults of integrity is a moral outrage,’ said Jeremy Pittman, HRC’s deputy field director and an Eagle Scout. ‘Leaders at Rainier Beach United Methodist Church put young people first and denounced discrimination. N

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