The Equality Act
The Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council is partnering with Keshet and Indy Pride, to educate and advocate for the Equality Act. If passed the Equality Act would update the federal Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and the jury system. Passage of the Equality Act would provide LGBTQ+ people nationwide with protection against discrimination.
The Equality Act and the Jewish Community FAQ
JCRC has created a FAQ and informational document to understand how the Equality Act will impact the Jewish community and religious freedom. Click here to view!
Urge Senators Young & Braun to Support the Equality Act!
Contact your Senators and urge them to bring the Equality Act up and vote for it in Senate.
Respectful Discourse and the Equality Act
The Equality Act can elicit strong emotions from people paying attention to this issue. Those who identify as LGBTQ+ are often targets of hateful rhetoric that can cause damage to their mental and emotional health, especially in youth. JCRC implores Jewish community members to remember the basic value that all humans are created B’tselem Elohim (in the Divine image). With this in mind, we encourage discourse to be respectful around the Equality Act.
The preservation of human life, Pikuach Nefesh (saving a life), takes precedence over all the other commandments in Judaism. Eshel, an LGBTQ+ Orthodox Jewish organization, has resources for those who may experience increased thoughts of harm to themselves. View here.