I didn't have much to say on Moral Values for a Pluralistic Society, because, well, it's all about talking rather than doing.
And there was no new Statement of Conscience to vote on, not that I'm complaining.
All of the candidates elected were running unopposed.
So GA has been quite short of actual administrative business.
But finally, with the responsive resolutions, we're getting some action. Ok, it's pretty-lame-unless-you-did-a-lot-of-Model-UN-in-college action, but hell, I did and I'll take it.
Best of all, my source's explanation for it makes the actions I described during my previous post make sense.
To review, and to clarify my last post, a few hours ago, the body voted in a
"Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with Transgender Inclusion and Protection,"
Action of Immediate Witness.
It turns out that that Action of Immediate Witness was originally TWO AIWs:
1. One about Transsexuality, and being welcoming to transsexuals and affirming out support for transexuals, which included our condemning employment discrimination against transsexuals.
2. One reaffirming the body's support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act for gays and lesbians, something we had voted in 13 years ago.
According to my source, the Comission on Social Witness in one of those back room meetings UUs claim to be against, decided to COMBINE the two marginally related resolutions into a resolution about adding transsexuals to ENDA, but, you know, not requiring UNITARIANS to be nice to them or anything.
The guy who asked that question of the UUA staff was WANTING the UUA staff to respond as they did. The response they gave underscored the point that the AIW we were voting on was essentially a toothless reiteration of something we'd voted in long ago.
The responsive resolution bringing the question of the CONGREGATIONS not practicing discrimination against transgender persons, and indeed being WELCOMING of transgender persons is coming to the floor.
I will keep you posted.
If you're reading this from Portland, please grab your delegate card and head back to the plenary.
And PLEASE raise your delegate card and vote for welcoming and an AIW that actually has some meaning.