Calif. Bill Seeks to Punish Scouts for Gay Ban

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Some California lawmakers are seeking to make the Boy Scouts of America and other youth groups that do not accept gay, transgender or atheist members and leaders ineligible for some state tax exemptions.

Democrat state Senator Ricardo Lara introduced the measure.

The legislation would deny tax exempt status to the Scouts and other nonprofit youth groups that discriminate on the basis of identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality or religion.
If the measure passes, the Boy Scouts would have to pay corporate taxes on donations and income from fees.
The bill is set for an initial committee hearing Wednesday.

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