The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has revoked the scouting charter of a church in Washington state that stood by the leader of a Boy Scout troop it sponsored after he was banned for being gay.

After the BSA found out that Geoff McGrath was gay, the organization revoked his membership.

Rainier Beach United Methodist Church, a gay-inclusive church, had asked McGrath to serve as scoutmaster of Troop 98 and stood by him.

The BSA ended its policy banning openly gay scouts in January, but gays over 18 are not allowed to participate in the program.

In response to McGrath's firing, Reverend Monica Corsaro told local media: “I think it makes us stand more firm and be more clear that Geoffrey is our scoutmaster and Geoffrey will remain our scoutmaster.”

On Thursday, the BSA notified the church that its charter was being revoked.

“As you are aware, the policy of the Boy Scouts of America does not allow open or avowed homosexuals to serve as adult volunteer leaders,” the letter states. “Nevertheless, Rainier Beach United Methodist Church has stated that it will not remove [McGrath] as a leader and will continue to allow him to serve as an adult leader in violation of the charter agreement and the policies of the Boy Scouts of America. As a result of this refusal to comply with the policies, guidelines, rules, and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, Rainer Beach United Methodist Church is hereby advised that it is no longer an authorized chartered organization and may no longer use the Scouting program or any of its registered marks or brands.”

Corsaro said the church has “acquired council to assess our options.”