As a pro-family legal group in California celebrates a temporary victory for nonprofit youth organizations regarding their stance on homosexuality, it is asking a federal appeals court to rehear the case concerning the state's ban on conversion therapy.
A state measure that would remove certain tax exemptions from organizations that do not embrace homosexuality has been placed in the inactive file. Also called the "anti-Boy Scout bill," SB 323 would disqualify the tax exemptions of nonprofit youth groups that do not accept the idea of gender identity.
Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), thinks the state assembly has made a wise decision.
"Forcing Boy Scouts to allow biological females to camp with the boys because they identify as a boy is ludicrous," Dacus contends. "SB 323 makes the atrocious attempt to force organizations to ultimately choose between changing their moral beliefs to align with those of the oppressive LGBT lobby, or shutting down their organization altogether."
Since SB 323 would require a tax increase, it needed the approval of two-thirds of the state lawmakers. The bill's author, Senator Ricardo Lara (D), was clear that he intended to punish nonprofits that do no embrace alternate lifestyles, but his bill will remain dead until the end of the year.
In the meantime, PJI is asking the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case regarding the state's ban on "gay conversion" therapy by a larger panel of the court.
Dacus notes that the federal appeals court has upheld SB 1172, which bans minors from receiving counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions and counselors from offering such therapy.
"It not only gives stark penalties and liabilities against counselors and psychologists attempting to assist adults wanting or asking for therapy regarding sexual orientation issues," he explains, "but it outright bans and prohibits anyone under the age of 18 to have any pro-heterosexual counseling or therapy when they are struggling with their sexual orientation."
SB 1172 has been on hold since PJI filed suit against it in October last year, when the pro-family legal group won a preliminary injunction against the controversial law.