NCJW Decries Religious Right's Attempts to Limit Rights of LGBT Community

April 30, 2006, New York, NY -- The Board of Directors of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) issued the following statement regarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals:

"Across the country, the radical right is mounting campaigns that attack the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. These troubling efforts, often couched in religious terms, are occurring in the workplace, local institutions, state legislatures, and in the US Congress -- promoting prejudice and intolerance.

"The success at the state level of initiatives to ban same-sex marriage has emboldened the radical right to seek new avenues for discrimination. These include: prohibiting adoption by same-sex couples, overturning anti-discrimination statutes, and threatening workplace domestic partner policies.

"NCJW continues to be troubled by the fact that Congress will soon reconsider a constitutional amendment to narrowly define marriage as a relationship that can only exist between a man and a woman. If passed, this amendment not only would end marriage equality, but also would set a dangerous precedent by writing discrimination into the Constitution for the first time.

"NCJW recognizes and respects the fact that views on sexual orientation differ among religions, but we strongly believe that no single religious belief system should dictate public policy. We oppose discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and urge the rejection of any laws or policies that would restrict the rights of LGBT individuals."

NCJW is a volunteer organization, inspired by Jewish values, that works to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families and to ensure individual rights and freedoms for all through its network of 90,000 members, supporters, and volunteers nationwide.

Vanessa Schnaidt
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