I am proud to be a member of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. This organization is the largest women's, largest Zionist, and largest Jewish membership organization in the United States, with over 300,000 members. In Israel, it supports medical care and research, education, and youth institutions, and reforestation and parks projects. In the US, Hadassah promotes health education, social action and advocacy, volunteerism, Jewish education and research, Young Judaea and connections with Israel.
Hadassah recently passed a resolution in support of rights of non-traditional partners, and also supports passage of legislation to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Below is the statement:
(New York, NY -- January 30, 2006) -- In keeping with its belief that discrimination based on race, religion, ethnic background or gender is immoral, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, has taken a strong stand in support of partnership rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships. At meetings held recently in Florida, the national board of Hadassah passed a resolution, which also supported the passage of state and federal civil rights legislation to protect against hate crimes and discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The resolution, passed overwhelmingly by the 225 board members in attendance, stated: "Hadassah strongly opposes efforts at the federal and state level, whether through legislation, referendum or constitutional amendment, that would selectively limit or deny civil rights to same-sex couples and their families, thereby abusing the spirit of the amendment process and discouraging further expansion of gay rights.
"Hadassah believes that same-sex couples deserve equal protections under the law, comparable to those afforded to heterosexual couples. Therefore, Hadassah supports government action that provides civil status to committed same-sex couples and their families equal to the civil status provided to the committed relationships of men and women and their families, with all associated legal rights and obligations, both federal and state."