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.