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Mr. Reinach also wondered how the California Franchise and Tax Board would decide what is discriminatory, and how would it enforce the collection of taxes for sales of hot dogs, sodas and cookies.

“Volunteers are going to collect tax and send it in. Really?” he asked.

Other opponents include Capitol Resource Institute, Concerned Women for America of California, Pacific Justice Institute and Traditional Values Coalition.

Gay-friendly bills have appeared to be unstoppable in the California, and SB 323 has followed the same trajectory.

But as a tax bill, SB 323 needs supermajority approval. In the Senate, the bill passed with no vote to spare; in the Assembly, it needs 54 votes, the California Family Alliance said.

However, the Assembly is missing at least one Democratic vote, as a member recently stepped down for another job, and at least three Democrats may not be in lockstep with their political brethren, the California Family Alliance said.

Still, it noted Monday, if one or more Republicans vote in favor of Mr. Lara’s bill, it will be on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has eagerly signed several other bills strengthening gay rights.

Mr. Lara has said the Boy Scouts of America has a discriminatory policy because it won’t allow gay adults to be members. Other groups named in the bill are Bobby Sox, Campfire Inc., 4-H Clubs, Future Farmers of America, Future Homemakers of America, Boys’ Clubs, Girls’ Clubs, Pop Warner football and several soccer organizations.

Sandy Spavone, executive director of the homemakers group — renamed Family, Career and Community Leaders of America to attract young men — said she did not expect the bill to impact their group because it doesn’t discriminate.

Brian McClintock, a spokesman for the Little League, said his group already has policies not to discriminate on the “basis of race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, gender, sexual orientation or disability.”

Two people associated with Future Farmers of America but not authorized to speak for it said they couldn’t imagine why their organization was named in the bill.

Scott Walter at the Philanthropy Daily blog called the bill “totalitarian” and said it misunderstood a basic premise: that tax-exempt status is given to legitimate service organizations, not just those that are government-preferred or popular.

But bill supporter John O’Connor, executive director of Equality California, said, “California does not tolerate discrimination and we certainly shouldn’t pay for it.” Organizations that “discriminate against a young person or leader because of who they are or who they love should be sent a clear message — discrimination has a real cost,” he said.

A New York lawmaker has introduced a similar bill.