Seattle council, mayor sign letter supporting ousted gay Scoutmaster

Seattle council, mayor sign letter supporting ousted gay Scoutmaster

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Seattle council, mayor sign letter supporting ousted gay Scoutmaster

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by ALISON MORROW / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 9, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 6:13 PM

SEATTLE -- Seattle City Council members and Mayor Ed Murray have written and signed a letter to the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America in support of ousted gay Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath.

"We believe that Scouting's core message teaches admirable values and respect for others," the letter reads. "The BSA's decision undermines its credibility in claiming those values. It also does tremendous damage to the ability of the Chief Seattle Council to carry out the mission of Scouting in our region."

Last week, BSA announced it revoked McGrath's membership for being openly gay. The organization recently opened Scouting to openly gay youth, but still has not made a decision to allow gay leaders.

Rainier Beach United Methodist Church continues to hold Troop 98 meetings with McGrath as the leader. They have hired an attorney to represent them, with hopes dialogue may win back McGrath's BSA membership.

If not, they are prepared to move forward with litigation, but would like to avoid a lawsuit.

Wednesday's letter urges the Chief Seattle Council to "respect and defend Rainier Beach UMC and its desire to retain Geoff McGrath as Scoutmaster."

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