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CA Bill Seeks To Punish Boy Scouts For Gay Ban

From a cheering Associated Press:

Calif. tax bill seeks to punish Scouts for gay ban

By LISA LEFF | April 10, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California lawmakers are considering taking some tax exemptions away from youth groups that do not accept gay, transgender or atheist members — a move intended to pressure the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders.

Some cities have withdrawn free rent and other subsidies from the Boy Scouts over the years, but legislation introduced by state Sen. Ricardo Lara would make California the first state to target the Scouts for its anti-gay policy.

This comes from the ‘celebrate perversity diversity’ crowd. This is how you are punished if you dare to disagree with them.

The Long Beach Democrat’s bill, SB 323, is scheduled for its first committee hearing on Wednesday.

"Our state values the important role that youth groups play in the empowerment of our next generation; this is demonstrated by rewarding organizations with tax exemptions supported financially by all Californians," Lara said. "SB 323 seeks to end the unfortunate discriminatory and outdated practices by certain youth groups." …

The legislation, also known as the Youth Equality Act, would deny tax-exempt status to nonprofit youth groups that discriminate on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion or religious affiliation.

Because it’s all about equality. That’s how it magically becomes a civil right. But the freedom to associate is no longer a civil right. Even though it is mentioned in the Bill Of Rights.

As a result, it would require those organizations to pay corporate taxes on donations, membership dues, camp fees and other sources of income, and to obtain sellers permits and pay sales taxes on food, beverages and homemade items sold at fundraisers. Because all tax returns are private in California, supporters do not know how big a tax hit the Boy Scouts would take if the proposal passes.

Churches that sponsor Boy Scouts troops would not lose their underlying tax-exempt status…

Not yet, anyway.

As a tax measure, the bill requires a two-thirds vote instead of a simple majority from both houses of the Legislature and the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown to become law.

"We would consider all legal options, including litigation, should SB 323 be enacted, but right now we are focusing on the legislative front," Pacific Justice Institute staff attorney Matthew McReynolds said. "We’re not convinced that moderates will support, or the governor will sign, a tax increase that targets organizations based on ideology."

The institute and other legal aid groups that represent religious conservatives have cautioned lawmakers that the measure conflicts with a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right of private groups such as the Boy Scouts to exclude gays and lesbians from serving as adult leaders.

Supreme Court rulings only matter when they advance the left’s agenda. Otherwise, they can be safely ignored.

"SB 323’s primary purpose is to penalize BSA based on its constitutionally protected membership policy and the values that underlie it," lawyers for the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom wrote in a letter to lawmakers last week. "This type of targeted punishment of a group based on how it exercises its associational and free speech rights violates the First Amendment."

Similarly, the Constitution can safely be ignored if it doesn’t advance the left’s agenda. Besides, what did the founders know from gay Scout Masters?

The Legislative Analyst’s Office, however, has assured the Legislature it has authority to decide which organizations qualify for tax breaks.

An analysis of the bill points to a 2006 ruling in which the California Supreme Court said the city of Berkeley could end its half-century-old practice of giving a nautical-themed offshoot of the Boy Scouts free rent at the city marina because of its gay ban…

And here we were thinking the Supreme Court trumped the states’ Supreme Court.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “CA Bill Seeks To Punish Boy Scouts For Gay Ban”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    If we’re known by our enemies, I’m DAMN PROUD to have been a Boy Scout. I made LIFE, big brother is an EAGLE and we both were in the Order of the Arrow, which back in the day was not because we ‘showed up and got a trophy’.

  2. mr_bill says:

    Under this bill, wouldn’t NAMBLA lose its tax-exempt status?

  3. canary says:

    US Army sends e-mail to subordinates that Christian organizations that oppose homosexuality are Domestic Hate Groups.


  4. Mithrandir says:


    You know, maybe the Arabs were always right about that moniker, well at least about the liberal part of America.

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