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Topic - Ricardo Lara
A House bill being introduced Thursday seeks to protect the religious freedom of individuals, institutions and businesses that are increasingly being punished or harassed for their beliefs on marriage.
California lawmakers declined Thursday to pass a bill to strip Boy Scouts of America and other "discriminatory" youth groups of their tax-exemption status.
A California bill that could strip tax-exempt status from Little League, the Boy Scouts of America and other "discriminatory" nonprofit youth-serving groups could come up for a final vote this week.
California senators introduced a bill on Thursday that would strip the Boy Scouts of America of its tax-exempt status in the state.
The California Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would revoke the Boy Scouts' nonprofit status because the group does not allow openly gay adults to join.
California legislators are mulling a plan to take away tax benefits that help the Boy Scouts, citing the justification that groups that don't allow gay, transgender or atheist members shouldn't receive help.
The future of the Boy Scouts is on the line. Left-wing activists have made overturning the youth organization's traditional values a priority, and the national leadership will decide in May whether to cave to the pressure and celebrate homosexuality as a moral value for the nation's boys.
Scouting organizations in California that bar open homosexuals as leaders and members could lose their state tax-exempt status if a new bill is enacted.
Mr. Lara recently pulled his bill from consideration, but promised that it was "alive and well" and would be reintroduced in 2014.
he said earlier that the Youth Equality Act was needed to bring youth-serving groups' tax exemptions "in line" with state nondiscrimination laws, especially those that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.