PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's Boy Scout council, which defied the national organization last month by promising not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, has ousted a Scout for publicly announcing he is gay.
Gregory Lattera, 18, said he learned of the decision on Saturday when he got a letter from the Cradle of Liberty Council, which runs the Boy Scout programs in Philadelphia and two suburban counties.
The same council, the nation's third largest, voted May 28 to add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy.
"He decided to hold a press conference to come out as a member of the gay community," said William T. Dwyer, the chief executive of the council and one of the officials who signed the letter.
"Our staff knew he was gay and never made a big deal about it. The don't-ask, don't-tell policy is pretty clear."
However, the policy adopted in May did not make any mention of gays not being allowed to make their sexual orientation public knowledge.
Lattera spoke publicly about his homosexuality and criticized the Boy Scouts' anti-gay stance during the organization's national meeting.
Lattera said he will appeal the ouster.