The Jewish Council for Public Affairs adopted a resolution at its plenum on Tuesday in support of gays and lesbians serving in the military.
According to the resolution, “Eighty-five percent of the countries in NATO permit openly lesbian, gay, or bisexual soldiers to serve openly in their militaries. The Israeli Defense Forces do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
“The JCPA believes that gay, lesbian, and bisexual personnel should be allowed to openly serve in all branches of the military service subject to the same rules of military conduct that apply to all those who serve. We further believe that any revision of existing policy should involve thorough consultation with military leaders in order to ensure effective implementation.”
The resolution urged professionals in the field of community relations to “advocate for policies and programs including repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ law so that lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans can serve openly in the military” and to foster dialogue about this issue with those who hold opposing viewpoints while building and participating in coalitions that advocate for repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ law and for policies and programs that will allow lesbian and gay Americans to serve openly in the military, without discrimination.”