Gay Scoutmaster Refuses To Leave His Post Despite Being Banned By Boy Scouts
Backed by his church, Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath refuses to step down from his post despite having his membership revoked by the Boy Scouts of America for being gay and over 18 years old.
“I have not tended my resignation,” said McGrath, a former Eagle Scout and co-founder of Boy Scout Troop 98. “Until I am relieved of my duty properly, I stand in my post."
After receiving the Boy Scout of America's decision handed down by the BSA's Chief Seattle Council, McGrath decided to stay in his post unless the United Methodist Church in Rainier, Washington, (his troop's charter organization) instructed him otherwise. It doesn't look like that will be happening anytime soon.
“Geoffrey is our Scoutmaster and Geoffrey will remain our Scoutmaster,” says United Methodist's Pastor Monica Corsaro.
The Boy Scouts of America, which currently bans any openly LGBT adult from serving, defended its decision to remove McGrath from the organization. “Our policy is that we do not ask people about their sexual orientation," a BSA spokesman said, "and it’s not an issue until they deliberately inject it into Scouting in an inappropriate fashion."