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Boy Scouts of America revokes local troop charter because of gay scoutmaster

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Former Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath

SEATTLE — The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter for a Seattle troop because it has refused to remove a gay scoutmaster.

The BSA said Seattle Troop 98 and Pack 98 would be shut down, and that the charter for Rainier Beach United Methodist Church would be revoked. In late March, the BSA removed scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath’s registration because he is gay.

While the BSA voted last year to end its ban on gay youth, gay and lesbian adults are still not allowed to participate.

Rainier Beach United Methodist Church said it is now considering legal action against the BSA, saying that the church is open to all people and it supports McGrath. Local scouts and leaders recently held a rally to show their support for him.

According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, 39 Washington state lawmakers have signed a letter supporting the church and its decision to support McGrath.

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  • ShadowWalker59

    Whew, finally, somebody with enough guts to clamp down on homosexuality!!!! I know I don't support any 'gay' scoutmaster, and I wouldn't have any children subjected to that immoral lifestyle!! I do NOT approve of it, and….I absolutely do NOT support it! If you do, that's cool, but I do not, and will not!! Now, is there any doubt about how I feel about it!!!

    • Krute

      Someday when you learn that your child or close friend is gay, you will struggle until you understand homosexuality differently.

      • ShadowWalker59

        No, I'm sorry, but that is EXACTLY the way I feel about it, and not to worry, no kids of mine are queer, they are REAL people. I understand all I need to know about homosexuality and therefore, there will be NO 'struggle'. Sorry to disappoint you, but that's the way it is. Oh, and I have NO close 'friend's' that are queer, but then, you may not understand that, either.

  • Ted

    What a bag of hammers you posters are. Why is it people completely unaffected by this have the worst remarks? He’s not a pediphile, he’s gay. He’s not a murderer, he’s gay. They’ve always been here, it’s just now we see them. It’s time to move on from your homophobia, especially when it doesn’t impact you…at all!

    • guest

      doesn't affect us? what do you know Ted? I have boys in scouts, this does affect me! Don't want perverts influencing my children.

    • ShadowWalker59

      Sorry you feel that way pal, but that's life, and yes, he is HUMAN, but it still isn't right, it's morally wrong, and yes, they've probably been here for a long time, and there was a reason they stayed in closets. As for the 'worst remarks' thingy, I'm not worried about that at all…….I just do not support it, do not believe in it and that, is the way it is, so you can add yourself to those who are nothing but a box of rocks, and I post what I believe, and you will accept that. I am not, politically correct, I do stand up for what I believe, and make NO excuses for it.

  • Krute

    Stop listening to bigot propaganda. Grow up and use your brain. The vast majority of gay people are not perverts. Plenty of straight people are perverts.

    • Dr. M

      If you read the scientific studies, you will find that heterosexuals are equal opportunity molesters of either males or females. In fact in a study of over 100 men who molested males, all were heterosexual (Groth and Birnbaum).

  • cwl

    GOOD FOR THEM!!! Just sick of the gays shoving their sh*t down our throats!! I'm not homophobic Ted I just don't like gays that do this. If you don't mind then go cuddle with him.

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