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February 25, 2013

Lawmaker threatens tax status of Boy Scouts for excluding gays
A 2012 photo shows then-Assistant Scoutmaster Greg Bourke in Kentucky. Bourke says he was forced to resign from the Boy Scouts because he is gay. (Associated Press / June 21, 2012)
By Patrick McGreevy
February 25, 2013, 8:00 a.m.

A Southland lawmaker has proposed taking away the tax-exempt status of the Boy Scouts of America if it continues to exclude gay, bisexual and transgender people from its ranks.

February 23, 2013

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February 22, 2013


By Michael Gardner12:01 a.m.Feb. 22, 2013Updated8:20 p.m.Feb. 21, 2013


California lawmakers may strip the Boy Scouts of state tax breaks if the organization continues to ban gays from joining its ranks or serving as adult leaders.

February 22, 2013

Former straight scout wants anti-gay Boy Scouts of America to lose tax breaks
Eddie Kurtz calls organization's 'personal bigotry' a 'disgrace'
22 February 2013 | By Greg Hernandez

As the Boy Scouts of America continues to mull over whether to drop its ban on gays, one of its former members has decided to try and put a financial squeeze on the group.

Former scout Eddie Kurtz launched a petition drive this week urging the California legislature to pass a bill that would strip the BSA of its tax breaks because of its discriminatory policy.

February 22, 2013

Ricardo Lara Wants To Remove Tax Exemption For Anti-Gay Boy Scouts
By Matthew Mullins Fri., Feb. 22 2013 at 4:29 PM

California Sen. Ricardo Lara is introducing the "Youth Equality Act" to try to remove the Boy Scouts of America's tax-exempt status because it discriminates against gays.

February 22, 2013

Calif. Boy Scouts' Tax-Exempt Status Threatened by New Bill, Petition

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By Michael Gryboski , Christian Post Reporter
February 22, 2013|4:24 pm
A California-based progressive organization has launched an online petition effort in support of a bill that would strip the California chapter of the Boy Scouts of America of their tax exempt status.

February 22, 2013

Boy Scouts' Tax-Exempt Status Challenged Via Petition by Straight, Former-Scout Californian
By Matt Coker Fri., Feb. 22 2013 at 4:00 PM

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This week's Hey, You!--which surely you read before landing on this drivel--brings up an interesting take on buying goodies from the Girl Scouts as opposed to the Boy Scouts.

The hits keep coming: there's now a campaign to end tax-exempt status in California for youth groups that discriminated based on sexual orientation, including the Boy Scouts of America.

February 22, 2013

California lawmaker hopes tax bill will break Boy Scouts
Angela Wu

Posted: Feb. 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM   

A new bill in the California legislature could take away tax exemptions for youth groups that ban members or leaders based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or religion.

February 22, 2013

Straight Former Boy Scout Starts Petition Supporting LGBT Youth
By Erin Sherbert Fri., Feb. 22 2013 at 8:30 AM
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Categories: LGBT, Occupy Bay Area, Politics

Eddie Kurtz, a straight former Boy Scout, has started a petition urging the California Legislature to pass Senate Bill 323, which would end tax breaks for youth groups that discriminate against gays, including the Boy Scouts of America.

February 21, 2013

No Gays In Boy Scouts? No Tax Exemption Either
Robert W. Wood, Contributor
2/21/2013 @ 10:58PM |804 views

‘Be prepared’ says a scouting motto, but perhaps no tax exempt organization is ever really prepared to lose its tax exemption. Tax exemption is a powerful tool, as the Boy Scouts of America are about to find out. Tax exemption comes in many varieties, from churches and public charities like the American Red Cross, to various forms of social and fraternal organizations.