Scouts dismiss gay troop leader

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IOL pic apr2 Gay Scout Leader Ousted Associated Press Geoff McGrath displays his scoutmaster's uniform Bellevue, Washington. The Boy Scouts of America removed McGrath, an openly gay troop leader, after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation. Picture: Elaine Thompson

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The Boy Scouts of America removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

The organisation told 49-year-old Geoff McGrath in a letter on Monday that “it has no choice” but to revoke his registration after he told news media he was gay.

McGrath said on Tuesday that he's stunned.

He has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last year.

He told The Associated Press he plans to continue with his duties.

The Boy Scouts began accepting openly gay youths this year, but continues to exclude openly gay adults from leadership positions.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Boy Scouts said it doesn't proactively inquire about its members' sexual orientation, but McGrath provided information to national leadership and the media that led to his removal. - Sapa-AP

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