May 31, 2013

Youth Equality Act Clears First Legislative Hurdle

Children support the Youth Equality Act, and the bill was passed in the California state Senate.

California state Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) and Equality California partnered to introduce the Youth Equality Act (SB 323), and it passed in the Senate by a vote of 27-9. This is the first LGBT civil rights legislation to pass with a two thirds majority in the California state legislature
This senate bill eliminates the tax exemption for sales and use taxes, and also corporate taxes, for any non-profit organization that violates California’s non-discrimination laws.

Karen Ocamb of Frontiers L.A. writes:
"While the Boy Scouts of America took a step in the right direction to include LGBT youth, the standing ban on LGBT adults is premised on absurd assumptions and stereotypes that perpetuate homophobia and ignorance,” Lara said in a press release, paraphrasing his speech on the Senate floor. “Equality doesn’t come with an expiration date and we shouldn’t allow discrimination to be subsidized; not in our state, not on our dime.” 
“Teaching discrimination against LGBT people can never be in the public interest, and the time to end it is now,” said John O’Connor, EQCA executive director, in a press release. “This is a historic milestone in California history - it is the first time one of the state’s legislative chambers has voted in favor of an LGBT piece of legislation with a two-thirds majority.”
This bill now moves to the state Assembly for consideration.

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