HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Places » U.S. » New York (Group) » Senator Introduces Bill t...

Sat May 25, 2013, 10:23 PM

 

Senator Introduces Bill to Revoke Boy Scout’s Tax-Exempt Status

The Boy Scouts of America made history yesterday by voting to allow openly gay members into their ranks, but a New York lawmaker says they haven’t gone far enough.

Though it’s a progressive step for the 103-year-old institution, they’re still upholding their ban on openly gay leaders, and State Senator Brad Hoylman is not only stating his opposition, but introducing legislation that would remove the New York-based organization’s tax-exempt status if they continue the policy. “It’s inconceivable that an organization that aims to prepare the next generation of leaders would allow gay youth to join their program, but deny them the opportunity to lead scout troops once adults,” Mr. Hoylman said in a statement.

If passed, the bill to “End Tax Exempt Status for Discriminatory Youth Organizations Like the Scouts” would deny tax-exempt status to any youth organization that discriminates on the basis of sexuality, gender identity, or other identifying characteristics like nationality, race, religion or body type. “As the only openly-gay New York State Senator, a parent and a former Eagle Scout (Troop 70, Lewisburg, WV), I am outraged that the BSA has maintained its ban on gay adult leaders,” the senator said. “This policy represents rank discrimination by the organization against LGBT people and is extremely painful to families like mine.” He added, “I strongly believe that the BSA is obliged by the Constitution of the United States, longstanding state and local anti-discrimination laws and the Scout Law itself to categorically end its policy of bigotry toward gays and lesbians.”

We reached out to the Boy Scouts of America and they have yet to comment.

http://politicker.com/2013/05/senator-introduces-bill-to-revoke-boy-scouts-tax-exempt-status/

3 replies, 963 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 3 replies Author Time Post
Reply Senator Introduces Bill to Revoke Boy Scout’s Tax-Exempt Status (Original post)
hrmjustin May 2013 OP
BlueStreak May 2013 #1
Swede Atlanta May 2013 #2
DCKit May 2013 #3

Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2013, 10:33 PM

1. We should end ALL tax-exempt organizations

 

For charitable / educational / relief organizations / social welfare organizations, allow them to deduct any payments made for those specific purposes and pay taxes any everything that isn't specifically applied to education, relief, or social welfare.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Sat May 25, 2013, 10:33 PM

2. While I agree with the Senator's feelings.....

 

I think this is the time to let things rest for a while. The BSA will soon realize that their mission and operations are not negatively affected by this change. Over time they will realize that it is possible to manage behavior o scout leaders without respect to whether they are straight or gay. It is an evolution. I am just glad that openly gay boys or those who may be gay but dealing with coming out will not see the proscription of the BSA as another reason to stay in the close.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Sun May 26, 2013, 01:05 AM

3. Now that the boys can talk freely, exchange ideas and get over the bullshit...

 

he want's to remove tax exempt status from what used to be the private hunting ground of conservative pedophiles and sexual predators.

Makes perfect sense.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread