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Resolution On The President’s Executive Order On Homosexual Federal Employees

Whereas, Homosexuality is immoral, contrary to the Bible (Leviticus 18:22; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) and contrary to traditional Judeo-Christian moral standards, and the open affirmation of homosexuality represents a sign of God’s surrendering a society to its perversion (Romans 1:18-32); and

WHEREAS, On May 28, 1998, President William Jefferson Clinton signed an amendment to an Executive Order which “prohibit(s) discrimination based on sexual orientation in the federal civilian workforce and states that policy for the first time in an Executive Order of the President,” according to President Clinton; and

WHEREAS, President Clinton’s amendment adds sexual orientation civil rights to the list of protected groups for which discrimination is prohibited in Executive Order 11478 (i.e., race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, or age); and

WHEREAS, Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention have consistently and overwhelmingly affirmed biblical teachings which condoemn homosexuality as sin; and

WHEREAS, Homosexual politics is masquerading today as “civil rights,” in order to exploit the moral high ground of the civil rights movement even though homosexual conduct and other learned sexual deviance have nothing in common with the moral movement to stop discrimination against race and gender; and

WHEREAS, Government should not give special legal protection and endorsement to homosexuality, nor impose legal sanctions against those who believe homosexual conduct to be immoral; and

WHEREAS, What God has established in His eternal law to be morally wrong, man should never assert tin temporal laws as a legal right.

Therefore, be it RESOVLED, That we, the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting June 9-11, 1998, in Salt Lake City, Utah, call upon Congress to nullify the President’s action through legislation unless the President first rescinds his order; and

Be it finally RESOLVED, That we oppose all efforts to provide government endorsement, sanction, recognition, acceptance, or civil rights advantage on the basis of homosexuality.