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Boy Scouts of America Boots Openly Gay Scout Leader Because of “Personal Agenda”

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The Boy Scouts of America on Monday removed Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath, 49, who is believed to be the first openly gay adult to be barred since last year’s ballot in which the Scouts voted to accept  but not gay adult leaders.

McGrath told  KING 5 News that he was being profiled by NBC News this week when the news outlet posted on its website that his membership had been “revoked” — information that he did not learn until he read it on the website.

McGrath, an Eagle Scout who is married to his partner of 20 years, had filed an application for a new troop last year through Rainier Beach Methodist Church. He said Troop 98, in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood, was approved. “”The impact of discrimination has missed them somehow”

Chief Seattle Council leader Sharon Moulds told NBC News the Scouts did not ask about his sexual orientation and discovered he was gay only after NBC News contacted them.

Moulds wrote in an email to NBC News:

“It was then that we became aware of his intentions to make a public statement about his orientation and use our program as a means to further a personal agenda.”

McGrath said it was not a “personal agenda”  but simply an attempt to re-open the organization’s LGBT policy.

Spokesperson Deron Smith of the Boy Scouts of America has said that the BSA has no plans to revisit its policy on the banning of gay adults.

This fight ain’t over yet kids.

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