California Democrats Want Scouts to Pay for Gay Stance
Lawmakers push bill that could revoke group's tax-exempt status
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 11, 2013 8:26 AM CDT
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from all over Northern California rally at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of scouting in this Oct. 24, 2009 file photo.   (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

(Newser) – California Democrats are out to make the Boy Scouts pay for their refusal to accept openly gay members. The state's Senate Governance and Finance Committee passed a bill yesterday revoking tax-exempt status from any nonprofit that discriminates based on sexual orientation, gender, or religious affiliation, the LA Times reports. Sponsors openly admit that the measure is aimed at the Boy Scouts specifically; its author calls them the "most egregious violator" of state anti-discrimination laws.

The bill cleared committee with only Democrats voting in favor. Some Republicans objected that the bill could hit other organizations, like church-affiliated groups or boys' and girls' sports leagues, though the bill's authors say that wouldn't happen. If the bill does pass the full legislature, it'll almost certainly face a legal battle. "You are talking about taxing revenue that is very important to the local Scout troop," a Boy Scouts of America official testified yesterday, adding that the organization is "re-navigating" its don't ask, don't tell policy.

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JackNelsonSteward
Apr 12, 2013 6:31 AM CDT
Yeah, you can discriminate. It's your organization and you can accept or refuse membership to anyone based on whatever criteria you want. ... but you can't be State-funded ... which is what a tax break is ... if you do that.
MisterE
Apr 11, 2013 10:36 PM CDT
It is great that people are blaming the Scouts for the homosexual attacks on children by 'leaders' in scouting, and now they want to force these homosexuals in! This is a religious stance, and protects children. If the homosexuals want to start "the Homosexual Scouts" I'm sure the normal scouts will let them. CA gov't has been trying to shove the "homosexuals are normal" long enough. If I don't want my kids to associate with them, that is MY choice. Keep your aids to yourselves.
Plato
Apr 11, 2013 6:23 PM CDT
My ethnicity is Scotch-Irish {which really means Scot} for at least the past 200 years. I am damn tired of being "discriminated against" especially by the Italians. The Italian Club will only accept people of Italian descent, they would never accept me as a member. Well I am thinking about putting on a bullet proof vest and my old Army surplus steel helmet, going to their next general meeting, striding to the podium and shouting, "You are going to admit me as a member of this grease ball wop club or else !" { O. K., O. K., I said I was just thinking about it }