The California State Senate introduced SB 323 today that would remove the tax-exempt status of non-profit youth organizations deemed to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.

  • metta

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    Feb 20, 2013 9:29 PM GMT
    The California State Senate introduced SB 323 today that would remove the tax-exempt status of non-profit youth organizations deemed to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.

    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0301-0350/sb_323_bill_20130219_introduced.pdf

    Religious right organizations, such as the Capitol Resource Institute is freaking out and they are asking Californians to contact their State Representatives to try and stop it:

    http://senate.ca.gov/senators

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    Feb 20, 2013 9:36 PM GMT
    The federal govt needs to do this with ALL non-profit organizations that discriminate...including churches.
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    Feb 20, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
    A new measure introduced in the California Senate would drop the tax-exempt status for the Boy Scouts and other organizations that ban LGBT members.

    Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced SB323, or the Youth Equality Act, on Tuesday. “I thought it was necessary for California to make sure we don’t condone the discriminating practices of youth groups like the Boy Scouts of America,” Lara said. “We’ve given the Boy Scouts ample time, and they’ve chosen not to address this issue.”

    Sen. Lara says he was inspired to introduce the bill by Ryan Andresen, a California scout who was denied the rank of Eagle Scout because he’s openly gay. “Ryan’s case was paramount in the decision of the introduction of this bill.”

    The measure, which requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to pass, would have no effect on the Boy Scouts exemption from federal taxes or taxes to the state of Texas, where the organization is headquartered.


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  • metta

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    Feb 21, 2013 7:08 AM GMT
    Tell the CA Legislature: "End Tax Exempt Status for Anti-Gay Boy Scouts of America"

    http://alturl.com/emrt8


    [url]http://signon.org/sign/tell-the-ca-legislature?source=mo&id=62979-1151871-9b%3DH_Wx[/url]
  • Lukehiker

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    Feb 21, 2013 3:23 PM GMT
    Good! Maybe this will force those idiots at the top echelons of the BSA to finally end this BS.

    I would like to see something such as this go federal however. The Mormon Church practically funded Prop. 8, along with over a dozen other similar bans; their status should be removed completely, along with any other churches who supported similar bans.