Private Clubs which Discriminate No. 233
Despite the progress that has been made, social clubs and organizations still exist that exclude persons from membership because of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin. Through these clubs' exclusionary policies, persons are unlawfully denied access to the valuable business and professional contacts that are developed and advanced in these so-called private clubs.
Despite pressure and negative publicity, some elected and appointed officials and nominees for federal appointments have maintained membership and participate in the activities of discriminatory clubs, even though federal regulations prevent federal personnel from participating in meetings or conferences at facilities where discrimination is practiced on the basics of "sex, religion, or national origin, as well as race."
While Senate scrutiny – and therefore public awareness – of these issues has focused on appointees to the Federal bench and the Department of Justice, it is critical that all nominees for Federal appointment who come before any Senate committee be closely questioned on their present and past participation in discriminatory clubs. There is an impressive body of legislative and judicial precedent developed over the past several years which provides a standard by which to judge whether prospective appointees have contributed to the perpetuation of discrimination by remaining in such clubs until the time of their nomination.
ADA commends the actions of city councils and actions of state and local chief executives, who have put an end to such practices by placing large private clubs into the category of "public accommodation" and making discrimination by them illegal.
ADA also applauds those clubs that have changed their rules, those persons who have canceled their memberships in discriminatory clubs, and those who, while retaining membership, continue to work from within to promote change.
Therefore be it resolved that:
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