Fresh Updates from RACBlog: LGBT Rights
CSA Comments on Congregational Ties to Boy Scouts
Posted on Thursday August 13, 2015
In response to the news late last month that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) had ended its controversial ban against gay scout leaders, the Commission on Social Action (CSA) of Reform Judaism sent a memo last week to all of the nearly 900 Union for Reform Judaism member congregations, informing them their 2001 recommendation that congregations not sponsor […]
From the Equality Act of 1974 to the Equality Act of 2015: Protecting LGBT People from Discrimination
Posted on Friday August 07, 2015
On July 23, 2015, I had the opportunity to join the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Deputy Director, Rachel Laser, at the Capitol Building for a press conference for the introduction of the Equality Act. The Equality Act (H.R. 3185/S. 1858) would amend existing civil rights legislation in order to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, […]
June is LGBT Pride Month! Hosting a Pride Shabbat service is an excellent way to honor the movement for LGBT equality and inclusion, to celebrate recent victories against discrimination, and to commit to the work ahead.
Currently, federal law does not explicitly prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, federal funding, education, credit, and jury selection based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act would amend existing civil rights laws to protect LGBT people from discrimination.