Text of resolution adopted at the 111th Convention of the CCAR in March, 2000, stating "that the relationship of a Jewish, same gender couple is worthy of affirmation through appropriate Jewish ritual and supporting each CCAR member's right to decide if he or she would officiate at 'rituals of union' for same gender couples." The resolution contains a summary of related and relevant resolutions and reports accepted by various organizations of the Reform Movement as background to the adoption of this resolution.
Text of resolution adopted by the 104th Annual Convention of the CCAR in June, 1993. Agrees to not hold national and regional meetings in locations where gay men and lesbians are denied civil rights protection. Resolution came in response to a series of local and state laws which singled out gay men and lesbians for discriminatory restrictions of civil rights.
Text of resolution adopted by the URJ at the 62nd General Assembly in October, 1993, in support of legislation providing for legal recognition of domestic partnerships and in support of spousal benefits for same gender couples.
Text of resolution adopted by the URJ at the 62nd General Assembly in October, 1993, committing the organization "to actively oppose state and local referenda and statutes restricting the civil rights of gays, lesbians, or bisexuals" through boycotts and other actions. Resolution came in response to series of local and state laws which singled out gay men and lesbians for discriminatory restrictions of civil rights.
Text of resolution adopted by the UAHC at the 59th General Assembly in November, 1987, supporting inclusion of lesbian and gay Jews in all aspects of synagogue life. The resolution also called on the CCAR to develop liturgically inclusive language
Text of resolution adopted by the UAHC at the 45th General Assembly in November, 1977, opposing discrimination against homosexuals and calling on congregations to provide "appropriate educational programming for youth and adults so as to provide a greater understanding of the relation of Jewish values to the range of human sexuality."
Text of resolution adopted by the UAHC at the 65th General Assembly in December, 1999, recognizing the diversity of Reform family units and committing to supporting congregations in being responsive to diversity in programming and governance.
Text of resolution adopted by the UAHC at the General Assembly in support of legislation providing for "civil marriage equal opportunity for gay men and lesbians." The resolution encourages "congregations to honor monogamous" relationships between same gender couples and supports the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) in its work regarding appropriate religious celebration of such relationships.
The text of the Resolution of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (now Women of Reform Judaism) deplores the harassment of homosexuals by community authorities. The resolution goes on to recommend aligning with the point-of-view held by those religious leaders and legal experts urging decriminalizing homosexuality between consenting adults. According to Rabbi Yoel Kahn in a 1989 article, this resolution was passed but never implemented because the UAHC never passed the resolution on which this was based at its own 1965 Biennial convention.
This resolution adopted by the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) states that homosexuals are entitled to equal protection under the law and opposes discrimination against homosexuals. It urges NFTY member youth groups to study issue of homosexuality, the Jewish view of homosexuality and design educational programming for adults and youth on the topic of homosexuality.
This resolution adopted by the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) was in response to the 1990 Ad Hoc Committee on Homosexuality and the Rabbinate of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). The resolution commends the CCAR on its stance that allows gay and lesbian rabbis to be ordained. The resolution expresses concern regarding one statement in the report stating homosexuals cannot fulfill their covenantal obligations. On this point, the NFTY resolution urges CCAR to examine possible implications of this phrase and evaluate whether or not a change is warranted.
Resolution adopted by the National Association of Temple Educators (NATE) goes on record affirming the 1971 UAHC General Assembly call for an end to discrimination against homosexuals and the expanded 1987 UAHC view calling for the full inclusion of gay and lesbian Jews in all aspects of synagogue life. The resolution goes on to affirm NATE's acceptance into its Association all Jewish educators who meet eligibility requirements regardless of sexual orientation. The resolution specifically welcomes openly gay and lesbian educators to serve in the capacity of the Association's leadership; supports equal rights regarding employment without regard for sexual orientation and supports the development of curricular materials to develop more positive attitudes to all Jews, regardless of sexual orientation. This resolution can be found on page 16.
This resolution supports full opportunity and civil rights protection on the state and federal levels for gay men and lesbian women. The resolution encourages full inclusion and affiliation, as individuals or families, for gay and lesbian Jews in all areas of synagogue life; and advocates educating WRJ members that commitment to human rights includes gay and lesbian Jews serving as rabbis, cantors and other professionals in synagogues; and urges their religious schools to sensitize youth to the diversity of families and life styles.
This guide by the Women of Reform Judaism National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods provides four action steps to promote the Resolution on the Rights of Gay Men and Lesbian Women that was adopted in 1991 at the NFTS 38th Biennial Assembly.
This resolution calls "upon the President of the United States to issue an Executive Order and upon Congress to enact appropriate legislation eliminating discrimination against gays and lesbians in the Armed Forces." The resolution builds its case by pointing out "preceding the Executive Order in 1948 by President Harry Turman, African-Americans were barred from equal participation in military service." The resolution affirms "the same unfounded belief that African-Americans were incompatible with the efficient and harmonious operation of the Armed Forces is equally unfounded justification to support discrimination against gay and lesbian military personnel."
In response to the Boy Scouts of America taking a position excluding gay scouts and scout leaders, the Executive Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) adopted a resolution in opposition to this position. The resolution directs the CCAR "call upon, and begin discussions with, the Boy Scouts of America to open its membership and leadership to all men and boys without regard to their sexual orientation." The CCAR resolution links its opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's position by affirming the 1990 CCAR resolution expressing "full acceptance of gay and lesbian colleagues" and earlier resolutions passed by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations "promoting civil rights for all regardless of sexual orientation."
In response to the Boy Scouts of America taking a position excluding gay scouts and scout leaders, The resolution "directs NFTY to call upon, and begin discussions with, the Boy Scouts of America to open its membership and leadership to all men, women an
The NFTY General Board approved a resolution affirming support of same-sex marriages. The resolution is specific in calling for legislation at all levels of government which facilitates or grants for the first time, equal and same rights for same-sex couples as received by heterosexual couples. The resolution strongly encourages social action programming and awareness among NFTY youth groups at the local regional and national level. The resolution concludes by stating NFTY's position on same-sex marriages be the same regarding transgender marriage.
This resolution supports the inclusion and acceptance of the transgender and bisexual communities. The resolution states that "biblical tradition teaches us that all human beings are created b'tselem Elohim - in the Divine image" and references the groundwork for this resolution in several past Reform responsa and resolutions regarding gays and lesbians. It applies all aspects of the policy created by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in 1977 in its "Human Rights of Homosexuals" resolution to the transgender and bisexual communities; supports legislation that both opposes discrimination based on gender identity and allows individuals to be treated under the law as the gender by which they identify; urges all UAHC congregations to continue or develop inclusive policies toward all Jews regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity; and iInvites the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the American Conference of Cantors to engage in discussion regarding ritual participation of and for transgender Jews within the Reform Movement.
The Northeast Region of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (NER-CCAR) is a regional organization of over 100 Reform rabbis serving congregations, schools and organizations in New England. On January 14, 2004, NER-CCAR unanimously passed a resolution supporting equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. The resolution "voices support for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that excluding gay and lesbian couples from marriage violates the state Constitution." It goes on to call upon the legislators of all states to affirm civil marriage rights of every person regardless of sexual orientation, and opposes legislative efforts to substitute a separate and lesser legal status, such as civil unions, for the full marriage equality same-sex couples deserve, and unequivocally opposes attempts to amend the constitution of any state or the Constitution of the United States in order to discriminate against same-sex couples and their families.
This resolution is in opposition to the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment to the United States Constitution. The position taken in the resolution sites two long held views of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) - 1) "the importance of the foundational text" of the US Constitution, and, "warned of the dangers of tampering with it ." 2) The "clear policy supporting full civil marriage equality for gay men and lesbians." The resolution ends by opposing any proposal to amend the United States Constitution to limit these rights.
The Central Conference of American Rabbis' (CCAR), at its 115th Annual Convention in 2004, adopted a resolution in opposition to amend the United States Constitution with regard to the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment. The basis for the position taken includes four key points: "upholding the integrity of the United States Constitution concerning its guarantee of equal protection for all citizens;" reaffirming the CCAR's commitment to "pursuing full civil marriage rights for same-gender couples; " opposition to any proposal that limits these rights at a federal or state level; and, "encourages CCAR members to play a leadership role on the federal, state and local levels on this issue."
Text of resolution adopted by the Committee on Jewish Laws and Standards (CJLS) outlining policies relating to marriage ceremonies of gay and lesbian members, the admittance of gay and lesbian students into rabbinical and cantorial programs, the hiring of homosexual teachers, and the bestowing of honors or lay leadership positions on gay and lesbian congregants.
Text of resolution adopted by the UAHC at the 62nd General Assembly in October, 1993, committing the organization "to actively oppose state and local referenda and statutes restricting the civil rights of gays, lesbians, or bisexuals" through boycotts and other actions.
In this departure from other Conservative statements, this dissenting opinion advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian and gay Jews into rabbinical and cantorial school, the officiation of same-gender marriages, encourage lesbian and gay people to take on lay leadership roles for which they are qualified, and outreach to lesbian and gay people.
This paper moves to maintain the "normative" (heterosexual) family's privileged position, ban homosexual activity for members of the rabbinate and cantorate, refuse to ordain openly gay people, deny gay people membership in professional organizations, and prohibit involvement in ceremonies that confirm same-gender relationships
This resolution encourages congregations, in line with Jewish Values, to conduct educational programming about AIDS, to reach out to those with AIDS, their families, and friends and provide support and counseling, protect those with AIDS from discrimination, refrain from excluding those with AIDS, and training rabbis, cantors, and other Jewish professionals to counsel people with AIDS.
This resolution recognizes that Reconstructionist movement has a 20 year history of supporting gay and lesbian inclusion and the equality of gay men and lesbians in Jewish life, and thus supports gay men and lesbians to be included in the rights and responsibilities of civil marriage.
Rabbi Abelson argues that since the intent of the "Consensus Statement on Homosexuality" (1992) was to not ordain gay and lesbian rabbis and cantors, and not to permit their admission into professional organizations, the Joint Placement Commission should not recommend an "avowed homosexual" for placement in congregations.
Rabbi Goodman offers an alternative to Rabbi Abelson's resolution by stating that given the silence on the issue of placement in the "Consensus Statement on Homosexuality" (1992), the Joint Placement Committee should recommend "avowed homosexual" rabbis and cantors who were members prior to 1992.
This statement clarifies the denomination's position on civil marriage for same-gender couples, by indicating that the USCJ does not support actions by the government (whether federal, state, or local) to discriminate against gay and lesbian Americans where they are protected by law.
In 2003, the Association of Humanistic Rabbis adopted a resolution that alllowed and encouraged members to perform weddings and commitment ceremonies for same-gender couples and to sign marriage licenses and civil union registrations for same-gender couples. This statement also advocates for equal rights under the law and legislation to address discrimination, hate crimes, and violence.
This resolution urged Californians to legalize same-gender marriage, thus opposing Proposition 8, and called on residents of other states to educate themselves and vote against ballot measures that define marriage as between a man and a woman.
In response to abstinence-only sexual education programs, and because Jewish youth are just as sexually active and asking questions as their peers, the CCAR resolved to support schools, camps, and youth groups in their efforts to provide comprehensive age-appropriate sexuality education, to provide tools and materials for parents, and to support legislation on all levels for the inclusion of comprehensive age-appropriate sexuality education in public schools on all levels, while opposing abstinence-only education.
In recognition of the fact that gay and lesbian have been routinely denied rights, the WRJ resolves to :
1) Inform their members about the areas in which lesbian and gay couples are subject to discrimination and how such discrimination can be alleviated.
2) Urge support of federal, state, provincial and local legislation that will require spousal benefits for lesbian and gay individuals in committed relationships.
3) Seek the enactment of legislation in all necessary jurisdictions that would legalize same sex civil marriage.
Given the tragedy of AIDS, the WRJ resolves:
1) Call upon NFTS affiliates to urge their government to increase the financial and human resources assigned to the tasks of research in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of AIDS in a manner consistent with the urgency of this human crisis; and that all aspects of the disease become a major health priority;
2) Call upon the governmental bodies (legislative, executive and judicial), consistent with official public health policies, to prohibit discrimination against individuals with AIDS and their families;
3) Call upon its member Sisterhoods to support community education and to provide for their members further education about AIDS through information provided and presented by knowledgeable professionals.
This early teshuvah about homosexuality recognizes the differences between behavior and action in regards to homosexuality. Roth argues that homosexual behaviors cannot be halakically validated, and that this does not mean that those who engage in such behaviors should be more severely punished than those who engage in other halakically illegal acts. Ultimately, Roth disapproves of homosexual heaviors not the people who engage in those acts.
WRJThis resolution expands the inclusion and concern for gay men and lesbians to the transgender and bisexual communities -- calling for protection against discrimination, urging legislation for transgender people to be seen as the gender they identify under the law, and encouraging Sisterhoods to host educational programs.