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Boy Scouts ban church that let gay man lead troop

BY PHUONG LE
ASSOCIATED PRESS

SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America has revoked its charter agreement with a Seattle church that refused to remove a gay troop leader after the organization withdrew his membership.

A Boy Scouts attorney told Rainier Beach United Methodist Church last week that it no longer could host troops under the Boy Scouts name.

The church has stood by Geoff McGrath, 49, a Seattle software engineer and Eagle Scout, after his membership in the organization was revoked last month, setting off an impasse between the church and one of the country's most popular youth organizations.

The Boy Scouts of America told McGrath in a March letter that it "no choice" but to revoke his registration after he said he was gay while being profiled by NBC News.

Boy Scouts of America officials said McGrath violated the group's leadership qualifications. They also said he "deliberately injected his sexuality" into the scouting program when he made statements to the media and the organization about his sexual orientation.

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