California Senate approves tax penalty bill aimed at Boy Scouts

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The state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would strip tax-exempt status from nonprofit groups including the Boy Scouts of America that deny participation of people based on sexual orientation or religion.

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said he was glad the Boy Scouts’ national council recently decided to allow openly gay minors to serve as Scouts, but said it was unacceptable that the organization did not also lift its ban on adult leaders who are gay.

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“We’ve given the Boy Scouts ample time to solve their discrimination problem and they have chosen a path that still leads to discrimination,” Lara told his colleagues.

SB 323 would strip an exemption to state sales, use and corporate taxes from nonprofit youth groups that discriminate based on sexual orientation and religion.

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