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Lawmaker Threatens Tax Status of Boy Scouts for Excluding Gays

Boy Scouts headquarters is in Texas

Courtesy CNN


A southern California 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.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has introduced legislation that would remove state tax-exempt status from any group that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

“SB 323 seeks to end the unfortunate discriminatory and outdated practices by certain youth groups by revoking their tax exemption privilege should they not comply with our non-discrimination laws,” he said.

A senate committee is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday.

For more, including what the Boy Scouts say about the bill, click here.