UK Reform Movement Endorses Marriage Equality
In the United Kingdom, a battle is brewing over marriage equality. David Cameron, the Conservative prime minister, has called for full legal recognition of same-sex marriages within the next few years, saying, “I don’t support gay marriage in spite of being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I am a Conservative.” However, this effort has faced a significant amount of opposition from other Conservatives, as well as some religious groups.
However, the Movement for Reform Judaism (UK) is the latest of a number of religious groups to come out in support of marriage equality, alongside Liberal Judaism, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and Unitarians. The Movement for Reform Judaism is one of two forms of Progressive Judaism found in the United Kingdom (the other is Liberal Judaism), and the Movement for Reform Judaism tends to be the more traditional of the two.
The passage of marriage equality in the UK is expected to take place by 2015 at the latest, with the three largest parties in Parliament – Labour, Liberal Democrats, and Conservatives – likely to support it. Check back at RACblog for further updates!