SEATTLE - The Boy Scouts of America is trying to shut down a local troop after it refused to remove its gay scoutmaster.
The Rev. Monica Corsaro of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church says she received a letter Friday from the Boy Scouts saying that Troop 98, which used to meet at the church, no longer exists.
It is the latest in a series of actions by the Boy Scouts after the organization learned that its scoutmaster, Geoff McGrath, is openly gay.
On March 31 the Boy Scouts told the troop that McGrath's registration would be revoked. The scouting organization said McGrath, 49, a software engineer and Eagle Scout, violated its leadership qualifications and deliberately included his sexuality in the scouting program.
But the church, along with many city and state leaders, are standing behind McGrath.
Rev. Corsaro says the letter from the Boy Scouts strips the church of its charter. Troop 98 no longer exists and and is banned from using the Boy Scouts of America name or any likeness of the organization.
The letter goes on to state that the Boy Scouts will help all the boys find other troops they can attend.
In a statement Rev. Corsaro wrote, "The congregation stands with Geoff, because his work with this troop reflects the spirit and the values of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church. … We have acquired legal council to assess our options."
Outside the church, a rainbow flag is a clear sign of the congregation's stance on this issue. The church says it supports all of God's children.