|Rules of the Stonewall Democrats of Utah GLBT Caucus|
Formerly the UTAH DEMOCRATIC GAY AND LESBIAN CAUCUS
By unanimous vote of the Executive Board of the Gay and Lesbian caucus on August18, 2002, the name of the caucus was changed to Stonewall Democrats of Utah-Gay and Lesbian Caucus, to be publicly known as Stonewall Democrats.
Recognizing that the Democratic parties of the United Sates and of Utah are committed to the principles for equal opportunity in participation of the GLBT in the political process, of their fair representation at every level of party activity. We Democrats further organize the Stonewall Democrats of Utah Caucus, with the intention of advising said parties of the means by which their leaders can best fulfill these principles.
As Democrats, we seek a truly just society. We will individually and collectively work through the parties to achieve the eradication of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, leading toward the realization of a community in which social equity and a respect for individual dignity prevail. We pledge therefore, that consistent with the principles of the parties, we honor the constitution, bylaws, and applicable rules of the parties.
ARTICLE 1 - NAME
Pursuant to the Constitution of the Utah Sate Democratic Party, Article 9, Section 1 and the Bylaws of the Utah State Democratic Party, Article 4, Section9(vi), the name of the caucus shall be the Stonewall Democrats of Utah.
ARTICLE 2 - DUTIES AND POWERS
The duties and powers of the Caucus shall be:
A. governed generally by:
B. governed specifically by these rules, including:
ARTICLE 3 - MEMBERS
A. Registered Democrats, who choose to affiliate with the Caucus and support these rules, shall be members.
B. State and County officers and delegates are the voting members of this Caucus.
Caucus members may be removed by:
ARTICLE 4 - OFFICERS AND REPRESENTATIVES
Executive Committee shall nominate and elect from the Caucus membership a Chair, Vice Chair, Recorder, and Treasurer for a term of two years. They will be confirmed by:
An officer may be removed by:
A Caucus member shall be nominated and elected to fulfill an unexpired term of office, of an officer or representative by:
Pursuant to the Constitution of the Utah State Democratic Party, Article 4, Section2 (iv) and Article 5, Section 4, the Caucus shall send at least two representatives to serve on the Central Committee.
ARTICLE 5 - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
An additional number of Caucus members, not to exceed fifteen at large members and four Officers, may be nominated, and elected to serve until their removal or the next State Party Organizing Convention by:
An elected Executive Committee member may be removed by the same conditions described in these Rules, Article 4, Section 2 (A and B) or by not attending three or more unexcused Executive Committee meetings during any 12-month period.
A Caucus member may be nominated and elected to fulfill an unexpired term of office of an elected Executive Committee member because of vacancy, by the conditions described in these Rules, Article 5, Section 2, A.
The Caucus officers and the State Central Committee representatives shall be members of the Caucus Executive Committee.
ARTICLE 6 - MEETINGS
A quorum of at least five Caucus members shall meet during or immediately before each:
A. State Central Committee meeting,
B. Time as determined by at least two Executive Committee members, with at least seven Days’ notice from the Chair to all Caucus members, such as:
A quorum of at least five members of the Executive Committee shall meet in person or by other means of communications, such as on line or by telephone conferencing, with at least seven days notice from the Chair to all Executive Committee members, during or before each:
ARTICLE 7 - CAUCUS ENDORSEMENT
The voting members may endorse Democratic candidates for appointed and elected public and party office by a majority vote of the voting membership in attendance at the caucus meeting.
No caucus resource including financial, in-kind contributions or volunteers shall be made available to any candidate who is not endorsed as described in these Rules, Article 7, and Section 1.
ARTICLE 8 - PARLIMENTARY AUTHORTY
Pursuant to the Constitution of the Utah State Democratic Party, Article 9, Section 3, the rules contained in the current edition of ROBERT’S RULE OF ORDER, newly revised, shall govern the Caucus in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these rules and any special rules that the Caucus may adopt.
ARTICLE 9 - SEVERABILITY AND AMENDMENTS
Should any part of the rules be found to be in violation of:
Said part alone shall cease to have effect and all other parts shall be wholly severable and remain in complete force. In such case, the Caucus Chair shall remedy the situation until the next meeting of the voting members or the Executive Committee.
These rules may be amended, by the Executive Committee, by a two-thirds majority, or by a two-thirds majority of the Caucus, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing to members of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE 10 - ADOPTION
Pursuant to the Constitution of the Utah State Democratic Party, Article 10, Section 3, the Caucus Executive Committee members, assembled in a meeting on March 31, 2007, do hereby adopt these rules by a unanimous vote, subject to a majority vote of the voting members assembled in a meeting at the next State Party Convention, for the governance of the Caucus.