Boy Scouts ban Seattle church from hosting troop

Geoff McGrath

SEATTLE (AP) — The Boys Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult to continue leading a troop.

A Boys Scouts of America attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it could no longer hosts troops under the Boys Scout name.

The church has stood by Geoff McGrath. His membership in the Scouts was revoked last month after Boys Scouts of America officials learned of his sexual orientation. The group does not allow openly gay adults to serve as leaders.

The Rev. Monica Corsaro said in a statement that her church is inclusive of all people, and has obtained legal counsel to evaluate its options.

McGrath said Monday he will continue to participate in the church’s youth program even if it can’t use the Boys Scouts name.

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