California is now “one step closer” to granting full equality to LGBT youth across the state.
On Wednesday, the California State Senate Governance and Finance Committee voted to approve The Youth Equality Act which, according to Raw Story, “would revoke the sales and corporate tax exemption for any youth group that discriminated against members on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.” The bill now moves on to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach), who introduced the bill, released a statement saying,
Today’s vote puts California one step closer in bringing full equality to LGBT youth throughout the state. With its passage and growing list of supporters and co-authors, we will end this outdated practice of discrimination and exclusion.
The Boy Scouts of America met in January to discuss dropping their discriminatory practices against gay scouts and scoutmasters, but at the last minute chose to push back the vote until May. In 2000, the US Supreme Court ruled that it was withing the groups first amendment rights, which guarantees the freedom of association, to ban gay members.