Photo/IllutrationThe national headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

With an Upper House election less than a month away, Japan's conservative ruling party has drawn up a "cheat sheet" to stop lawmakers from making stupid gaffes about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues.

The Liberal Democratic Party for the first time has outlined its views in a series of documents stating that Article 14 of the Constitution prohibits discrimination against sexual minorities.

At the same time, the party made clear it does not support same-sex marriages. It said careful consideration should be given to a "partnership system" that would protect the rights of those in such relationships in a form other than marriage.

The documents were put together by the party's Policy Research Council and other bodies and are meant to enlighten party candidates and members.

In one document, there is a passage about sexual orientation and gender identity stating that the ban against discrimination of sexual minorities "should be understood as being naturally included based on the spirit of Article 14."

The article begins, "All of the people are equal under the law and there shall be no discrimination."

However, the document goes on to state a negative view about passing legislation that would specifically prohibit discrimination against sexual minorities with the reasoning "there is the possibility that those covered could end up becoming isolated."

With regard to bullying and harassment against sexual minorities at school and in the workplace, the documents call for utilizing the existing framework to deal with such problems.

The documents were also compiled to address a series of gaffes that occurred last year in local assemblies. One member referred to homosexuals as "unusual." Such attitudes, the documents state, are due to the spread of the misunderstanding that sexual orientation and gender identity are matters of taste and preference.

The documents call on members to refrain from using derogatory terms such as "homo."

But it adds that such sensitivity is totally different from the "gender-free" arguments that deny the existence of gender difference.