Boy Scouts removes gay troop leader in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) - The Boys Scouts of America has removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

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

McGrath said Tuesday that he's stunned. He has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last fall. He told The Associated Press he plans to continue with his duties.

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

In a statement Tuesday, the Boys 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.