Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

On Convening in States Denying Legal Protection of Civil Rights for Gays and Lesbians

Adopted by the 104th Annual Convention of
the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Montreal, Quebec, June 1993

WHEREAS, the CCAR has a longstanding commitment to civil rights of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, and

WHEREAS, there is a concerted effort to block implementation of civil rights protection for gays and lesbians, evidenced by the passage of Amendment II by the voters of Colorado in November, 1992, and,

WHEREAS, numerous ballot initiatives are currently being proposed in other jurisdictions, to similarly prevent the access to protection of civil rights laws, on the basis of sexual orientation, and

WHEREAS, the CCAR considers the principle in this instance to take priority over the transaction of business as usual.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the CCAR not hold regional or national meetings in any state, province, or municipality which has a law in effect on or after January 1, 1995, denying gays and lesbians legal protection of their civil rights. If a regional body cannot comply with this resolution within its own boundaries, it will be exempted.