Reform Movement Hails President’s Endorsement of Marriage Equality



Washington, D.C. May 9th, 2012 – In response to President Barack Obama’s endorsement today of marriage equality, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement,

 “We enthusiastically welcome President Obama’s endorsement today of marriage equality for all couples. History will regard his affirmation of this core right for the LGBT community as a key moment in the advance of civil rights in America. While the President has long publicly supported civil unions, these are distinct from full marriage rights. Civil marriage has historically connoted social acceptance and the recognition of not just a legal relationship between two individuals, but as the Supreme Court has recognized, is ‘the most important relation in life’ (Maynard v. Hill); it is ‘a coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred’ (Griswold v. Connecticut). These rights are due no less to same sex couples than heterosexual ones, as the President’s comments today acknowledge.

“The President’s statement today reaffirmed the fundamental equality of LGBT Americans, and made the self-acceptance, coming out, and ability to believe in a better future that much easier for millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teenagers.

“The support of the President on this issue is particularly meaningful to us as Jews. Our holy texts teach us that all people are created b’tselem Elohim (in the Divine image) (Gen. 1:27), and as such are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. We are inspired by our faith and history to stand up for the rights of LGBT Americans, including civil marriage, for we have known the experience of being victims of group hatred, persecution, and discrimination. We feel a keen empathy for those who are still be victimized, deprived of opportunities, and discriminated against because of who they are.

“We look forward to the day when all loving, adult couples, gay and straight alike, will have their marriages recognized by the government. Religious denominations will, of course, continue to have the autonomy to decide which unions to sanctify according to the dictates of their faith. In the interim, however, today’s statement is an important expression of solidarity with same-sex couples, who wish to have their marriages recognized, and LGBT teens, who deserve the support of their government.”

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Noah Baron

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Noah Baron is a 2011-2012 Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. He is from Princeton Junction, NJ, and a graduate of Columbia University.

8 Responses to “Reform Movement Hails President’s Endorsement of Marriage Equality”

  1. Our family joins me in thanking you for your courage in this important humanitarian decision.

  2. Thank you,Mr.President for your support of LGBT rights.

  3. Carole Silverman Reply May 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you, President Obama, for supporting LGBT rights, and I think it will be better for all of us to recognize the rights of all people.

  4. Thank you sir, for your open support of LGBT rights.

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