Civil Liberties and Civil Rights of Gays and Lesbians

While the agency has taken no position on questions pertaining to homosexual life-styles, the JCPA opposes efforts to subjugate or deny essential liberties to members of any minority group in the United States. Therefore, in addition to supporting the Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA), the JCPA supports passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would create a federal prohibition against employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The JCPA also supports other legislative efforts at the state and local levels that would prevent discrimination in housing, public accommodation, and education. Exemptions designed to protect the right of religious institutions to carry out their religious purposes should be incorporated into all such legislation. The JCPA opposes efforts to repeal state statutes that protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

Dissent: The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations is opposed to discrimination against any individual. Jewish law, however, prohibits homosexual activity, and we cannot join in a statement or initiative that could be interpreted to imply otherwise.