Once again, the Boy Scouts of America are making news, but this time, it's because the CA Senate is finally doing what needs to be done.
Even as the Boy Scouts of America moves to allow gay youths to join its troops, the California Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would revoke the organization's nonprofit status because it does not permit the participation of openly gay adults.
"We've given the Boy Scouts ample time to solve their discrimination problem. And they've chosen a path that still leads to discrimination," Senator Ricardo Lara said of the organization's recent vote to allow participation by gay youths.
"While it is a step in the right direction, continuing a ban on (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) adults is based on absurd assumptions and stereotypes that perpetuate hate and homophobia. What does this mean, that up until 17 you're fine to be in the Boy Scouts but on midnight of your 18th birthday you turn into a pedophile or a predator? What kind of warped message does this send?"
The bill passed the state Senate 27-9, receiving the bare minimum of votes required. It needed two-thirds support because it changes California's tax code. Three senators did not vote: Democrat Rod Wright and Republicans Anthony Cannella and Bill Emmerson. The bill now advances to the Assembly.