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February 20, 2013

California Lawmaker Seeks to End Boy Scouts’ Tax Exemption

February 20, 2013, 10:42 am

A proposed California measure would revoke tax-exempt status from the Boy Scouts and other youth groups that bar gay participants, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The measure, proposed by a Democratic state senator on Tuesday, would affect state benefits that groups get from tax exemption, but it is the Internal Revenue Service at the federal level that governs key parts of the operations of nonprofit groups.

February 20, 2013

Boy Scouts Could Lose Tax-Exempt Status in California Because of Gay Ban

A new bill (SB 323) proposed by openly gay California state senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) would strip the Boy Scouts' tax exempt status for discriminating against members and leaders on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, LGBT POV reports:

February 19, 2013

Boy Scouts could lose tax break for gay ban
Wyatt Buchanan
Updated 11:21 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sacramento --

California would strip the tax-exempt status from youth organizations like the Boy Scouts if they have policies that bar gay people from participating, under a bill introduced at the Capitol Tuesday.

February 19, 2013


CA Sen. Ricardo Lara and EQCA Take on the Boy Scouts
by Karen Ocamb on February 19, 2013

(Openly gay California State Sen. Ricardo Lara at EQCA event August 2012. Photo by Karen Ocamb)

February 19, 2013

Wall Street Journal
California Bill Targets Scouts Over Gay Ban
By VAUHINI VARA

SAN FRANCISCO—A California state senator introduced a bill Tuesday to remove a tax exemption for any youth group, including the Boy Scouts of America, that bars some members on the basis of sexual orientation.

The bill, from Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Democrat from near Los Angeles, would keep such groups from getting state-sales-tax and corporate-tax exemptions. It comes after the Boy Scouts this month delayed until May a decision on whether to end the group's ban on gay members.

February 19, 2013

Outword Magazine
New Bill Takes Aim at Youth Group Discrimination
SACRAMENTO, February 19, 2013

New legislation has been introduced that would remove a state tax exemption for any youth group, including the Boy Scouts, that discriminate against members and leaders on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Currently, organizations that discriminate on these grounds may still receive sales and corporate tax exemptions, a provision that is intended to encourage acting in the public interest.

February 19, 2013

CA Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Prohibiting Youth Groups From Sexual Orientation Discrimination     
Written by Instinct Staff | Tuesday, 19 February 2013 

Wow! In a bold move that, if passed, will certainly provide incentive for groups to embrace equality, California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) and Equality California, today, announced the introduction of new legislation that would remove a state tax exemption for any youth group, that discriminates against members and leaders on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

February 19, 2013

State Sen. Lara introduces Youth Equality Act
Posted by Associate Editor Breaking News, Top Highlights Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Ricardo Lara

February 19, 2013

California bill would remove state tax exemption for youth groups that discriminate
SDGLN Staff
February 19th, 2013
               

February 16, 2013

California Eases Tone as Latinos Make Gains
By JENNIFER MEDINA

LOS ANGELES — A generation ago, California voters approved a ballot initiative that was seen as the most anti-immigrant law in the nation. Immigrants who had come to the country illegally would be ineligible to receive prenatal care, and their children would be barred from public schools.