Congressman Smith Statement on Boy Scouts Ending Ban on Openly Gay Leaders

Smith Hopes Change Will Reinstate Troop 98 in Rainier Beach

July 14, 2015

On Monday,  the Boy Scouts of America announced that their executive committee approved a resolution that would end the organization’s ban on gay leaders.  This comes well over a year after Troop 98 of Seattle’s Rainier Beach United Methodist Church had their charter revoked when they refused to remove openly gay scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath.  Congressman Smith released the following statement:

“No one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, and I am pleased to see the Boy Scouts of America take this initial step.  With this policy change, I hope that Geoffrey McGrath and Troop 98 will be reinstated, as well as any other openly gay scoutmasters who have been unjustly removed because of their sexual orientation.”
In April 2014, Congressman Smith wrote a letter to the President of Boy Scouts of America expressing deep concern that Troop 98 had their charter revoked.