The Boy Scouts of America fired its first openly-gay Scoutmaster this week since voting to allow homosexual youth to join the organization in January.
Geoff McGrath, a 49-year-old Eagle Scout, was asked to start a new troop by a reverend at his inclusive Methodist church in Seattle last year and says he didn’t conceal his sexual orientation from scouts, their parents or organization officials.
While the BSA’s recent decision allows openly-gay youth to join their ranks, it still bars homosexual men from being leaders.
So when the BSA’s national headquarters found out about McGraths sexual-orientation earlier this week in the midst of a report by NBC News, his position as a the leader of Troop 98 was ‘revoked’.
BSA Spokesman Deron Smith says it was only until reporters contacted the organization about McGrath for a story that they found out he was gay.
‘Our policy is that we do not ask people about their sexual orientation, and it’s not an issue until they deliberately inject it into Scouting in an inappropriate fashion,’ Smith said in an email to NBC.