Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with Transgender Inclusion and Protection
2007 Action of Immediate Witness
WHEREAS our Unitarian Universalist Principles call us to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and to promote justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
WHEREAS Largo. Florida City Manager Steve Stanton was summarily fired after his planned transition from male to female was disclosed:
WHEREAS, the United Church of Christ Council for Christian Social Action first issued a policy statement concerning justice for same gender-oriented people over thirty years ago; and
WHEREAS, the Tenth General Synod in 1975 issued the pronouncement, “Civil Liberties without Discrimination Related to Affectional and Sexual Preference,” and similar national statements have been issued in 1969, 1973, and at every General Synod since 1975; and
Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church supports the enactment of laws at the local, state and federal level that a) prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or the expression of one’s gender identity, and b) treat physical violence inflicted on the basis of a victim’s gender identity or expression as a hate crime; and be it further
Whereas the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations noted, in his June 21st report to the General Assembly, the work of our West Florida congregations on the issue of employment discrimination against transgender individuals, and
Whereas there has been no prior statement by the General Assembly specifically addressing our Association’s views on transgender identity,
Be it resolved that the 2007 General Assembly affirms its commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of every human being, including transgender individuals.
Issues of religion and politics, and of religious approaches to public policy, have always demanded our attention, but today those demands feel more urgent than ever. The need for ground rules is clear. No matter how profoundly religion influences anyone, when they make a public argument we believe that they must ground their statements in reason and in a language of morality that is accessible to everyone—to people of different religions or no religion at all. In our diverse democracy Americans need a common political discourse not dominated by exclusivist theology.
The Jewish Reconstructionist Federation has been on record in support of full equality of rights and opportunities for gay men and lesbians since 1984, when our sister seminary, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, began admitting openly gay and lesbian applicants.
We have over 100 affiliates nation-wide representing 17,000 households, including gay, lesbian, bi-sexual amd trans-gendered members. At its 1990 convention, the RRA recommended that the Reconstructionist movement establish a non-discrimination policy in rabbinic placement.
AFFIRMING THE PARTICIPATION AND MINISTRY OF TRANSGENDER PEOPLE WITHIN THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND SUPPORTING THEIR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
WHEREAS, God has brought forth human beings as creatures who are male, female, and sometimes dramatically or subtly a complex mix of male and female in their bodies; and
WHEREAS, human cultures have created a broad diversity of roles for men and women, and have sometimes created roles for people named as neither man nor woman often revered and respected roles; and
WHEREAS, The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007, H.R. 1592, and a similar bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate; and
WHEREAS, These bills create special protected classes of homosexual and transgendered persons; and
WHEREAS, The Bible is clear in its denunciation of homosexual behavior (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:21-28; 1 Corinthians 6:9), and upon that basis, our Founding Fathers and early laws opposed its practice in American society; and