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Gay Eagle Scout asks Amazon.com to stop donations

Wednesday - 5/21/2014, 4:46pm  ET

Geoffrey McGrath, a gay Boy Scout troop leader and Eagle Scout from Seattle, who had his membership in the Scouts revoked by the organization earlier this year, wears a piece of tape with the word "banned" written on it on his scout council shoulder patch as he speaks in front of a group of Boy Scouts and scout leaders, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, outside the headquarters of Amazon.com in Seattle. The group delivered a petition bearing more than 125,000 signatures, urging Amazon to stop donating money to the Boy Scouts due to the organization's policy of excluding openly gay adults from leadership positions, despite recently accepting gay youth as scouts. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) -- A gay Eagle Scout from Maryland, a Seattle Scoutmaster who was fired for his sexual orientation and their supporters presented a petition Wednesday at Amazon.com headquarters urging the Seattle company to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts of America.

Seventeen-year-old Pascal Tessier of Kensington, Maryland, and 49-year-old Geoff McGrath say donations through the AmazonSmile program should be suspended until the Boy Scouts lifts its ban on gay leaders.

They said they had 125,000 signatures gathered through Change.org in boxes turned over to an Amazon security guard.

Amazon said, "Customers can select from nearly a million legally recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organizations on AmazonSmile. We rely on lists published by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the US Office of Foreign Assets Control to determine if certain organizations are ineligible to participate."


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