LARA TO MOVE FORWARD WITH YOUTH EQUALITY ACT- BOY SCOUTS PLAN FALLS SHORT
SACRAMENTO- In reaction to the news released today that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will end a long-standing ban on openly gay youth, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) released the following statement:
“Today’s action by the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay youth is a step in the right direction. However, since this policy does not include all members of the BSA, it falls short of a truly inclusive policy,” stated Senator Lara. “Just yesterday on Harvey Milk’s birthday, I had the honor of receiving the Harvey Milk Champion of Change Award at the White House. Clearly we have come a long way from the times of hateful discrimination and intolerance that Harvey Milk lived in. Yet, we still have a ways to go to fulfill the dream of inclusivity and acceptance that Harvey Milk sought for all of our communities. As such, the Youth Equality Act will continue to move forward to ensure that discrimination in any form does not exist-not in our state, not on our dime.”
The Youth Equality Act will eliminate a sales and corporate tax exemption for youth groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation.
The bill is on the Senate Floor.
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