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Boy Scouts lifting gay ban alters little locally
Most units affiliated with churches here exempt from decision to allow gay leadership
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When the Boy Scouts of America ended its ban on openly gay adult leaders earlier this week, troops and packs across Northeast Georgia, many of which are chartered by churches, were left wondering how they might be impacted. But the change in policy essentially carves out an exemption for religious groups who sponsor and support scouts. “If an organization that has a Boy Scout troop does not want any change, then they are exempt from that,” said Trip Selman, scout executive and CEO of the Northeast Georgia Council, an umbrella organization for 26 Georgia counties that supports 650 Boy Scout units and nearly 32,000 youth and adult leaders.