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Reform Jewish Leader Applauds Introduction of Legislation Extending Equal Immigration Rights To Same-Sex Couples
In response to today’s introduction of the Uniting American Families Act, Jane Wishner, Chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement noting, "Wishner: Jewish tradition places the utmost importance on the family as the source of education, stability, and values… This value is undermined when our immigration laws separate loving families or force them to leave their homes in the U.S. in order to remain together."

Wishner: Jewish tradition places the utmost importance on the family as the source of education, stability, and values… This value is undermined when our immigration laws separate loving families or force them to leave their homes in the U.S.in order to remain together.

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WASHINGTON, June 21, 2005 – In response to today’s introduction of the Uniting American Families Act, Jane Wishner, Chair of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement: We proudly welcome Senator Leahy and Representative Nadler’s introduction of the Uniting American Families Act (formerly the Permanent Partners Immigration Act) which extends to same-sex couples the same immigration rights and protections enjoyed by heterosexual couples.  Approximately 75 percent of the 1 million green cards or immigrant visas issued each year go to family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  Yet, current immigration law discriminates against same-sex couples, refusing to recognize them as the loving family members that they are.  The long-overdue Uniting American Families Act will rightly ensure that our immigration law treats all American families equally.

Jewish tradition places the utmost importance on the family as the source of education, stability, and values. According to Jewish tradition, “Kin and family resemble a heap of stones; if one stone is taken out of it, the whole collapses.” (Genesis Rabbah). Society is built on the foundation of strong families. This value is undermined when our immigration laws separate loving families or force them to leave their homes in the U.S. in order to remain together. 

 

We cherish the biblical teaching that each human being is created in the Divine image, and is thus worthy of equal treatment under the law.  Same-sex couples are as capable of building loving and stable families as heterosexual couples, and we will continue to work arduously for the day when discrimination based on sexual orientation is banished from our laws. We call on the United States Congress to pass this legislation speedily and urge President Bush to sign it so that our nation’s laws truly value and protect all loving and healthy families. 

 

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