1994 Resolution of Immediate Witness

BECAUSE Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person and justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; and

WHEREAS Senator Edward Kennedy, along with Senator John Chafee and with the support of over 25 other Senators and 108 members of the House of Representatives, has introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 1994 (ENDA);

WHEREAS many people in the United States gain a major part of their identity, satisfaction, and happiness from their employment;

WHEREAS job discrimination resulting from prejudice is unprofitable, lowers productivity, and is a threat to anyone who is perceived to have an orientation disliked by their employer;

WHEREAS sexual orientation does not determine one's buying power or tax paying responsibility;

WHEREAS far right-wing political and religious groups have made the denial of workplace equity based on sexual orientation a major objective; and

WHEREAS it is simple justice for gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals to be judged in their job settings like all other Americans, by their performance and not by their sexual orientation;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 1994 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association urges Unitarian Universalist individuals and congregations in the United States to demonstrate active support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act by:

  • learning the facts about what this legislation will and will not do;
  • communicating their support of ENDA to their Congressional representatives;
  • speaking out in public forums;
  • working to dispel the misinformation and lies on this issue which are promulgated by the far right-wing political and religious groups; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that individual Unitarian Universalists in the United States are encouraged to speak out in their places of employment, community, professional organizations, and unions in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

For more information contact socialjustice@uua.org.

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