A bill currently under consideration in the California legislature would revoke the tax-exempt status of organizations that ban members or leaders based on religious, moral, or other values that serve to define the missions of those groups. Without saying so, the bill is specifically aimed at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) which last June affirmed its century-old ban on homosexual Scout leaders following a nearly two-year revisiting of the issue.
As reported by The New American, after making the announcement that it would not allow “gay” scout leaders, the BSA became the object of an intense campaign by pro-homosexual groups to force the organization to change its mind and allow avowed homosexuals to mentor boys involved in the organization. As companies like UPS and Intel agreed to drop their long-time funding of Scouting, BSA officials announced that they would take a second look at their policy, and make a final decision some time in 2013.
If SB 323, also known as the Youth Equality Act, is passed and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, California would add “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to its existing non-discrimination statute for youth organizations. “Notwithstanding any other law, an organization organized and operated exclusively as a public charity youth organization that discriminates on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, or religious affiliation shall not be exempt from taxes imposed by this part,” the bill reads.
In addition to the Boy Scouts, the groups at risk of losing their tax-exempt status include the Little League, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Special Olympics, American Youth Soccer Organization, Future Business Leaders of America, and a myriad of religious organizations designed to mentor children and youth. Other groups, such as the YMCA, Pop Warner Football, and even 4-H would also come under intense scrutiny over their practices and policies.
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