Geoff McGrath, a 49-year-old leader of Troop 98 in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood is believed to be the first gay adult to have his membership in the Boy Scouts of America revoked since last May’s controversial vote to allow gay youths—but not adults—to participate in one of the country’s most popular youth organizations. McGrath was being profiled by NBC News. BSA leaders said he was “making an issue” out of his sexual orientation for acknowledging he was gay. “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. “Parents and adults of good moral character, regardless of sexual orientation, should be able to volunteer their time to mentor the next generation of Americans.” [HRC]
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