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1,800 miles on bike for gay Scouts

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The Salt Lake Tribune
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May 7, 2013

During his military career, Dave McGrath wore the uniform of a U.S. Army Ranger and patrolled the demilitarized zone separating North and South Koreas. This week, as he passed through Salt Lake City on his 1,800-mile bicycle trek from Idaho Falls to Irving, Texas, he wore his scoutmaster uniform — in hopes of bridging the gulf between gay Scouts and the 100-year-old organization. McGrath’s son is riding beside him. "As a soldier in the U.S. Army, I am proud that they no longer discriminate [against gay and lesbian soldiers] and believe that it is high time the Boy Scouts does the same," said Army Spc. Joe McGrath, 21, who recently returned from serving in Kuwait.