Reform Jewish Movement Applauds Senate Defeat of Discriminatory Marriage Amendment
Saperstein: Today’s strong bipartisan rejection of the Federal Marriage Amendment is a victory for the Constitution, for gay and lesbian Americans in their struggle for equality and for all Americans committed to “equal justice under law.”
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WASHINGTON, DC, June 7, 2006 - Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, today issued the following statement applauding the U.S. Senate for rejecting the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment:
We commend the 48 Senators, both Democrats and Republicans, who voted on procedural grounds to oppose the effort to write discrimination and religious prejudice into our Constitution. By denying gays and lesbians the right to marry, the Federal Marriage Amendment would have tarnished America’s proud history of using the Constitution to expand the civil rights of our citizens. Today’s strong bipartisan rejection of the Federal Marriage Amendment is a victory for the Constitution, for gay and lesbian Americans in their struggle for equality and for all Americans committed to “equal justice under law.”
The Reform Jewish Movement has long been at the forefront of the fight for equality and we are proud of the efforts of our congregants, congregations and clergy nationwide to defeat this discriminatory amendment. The Religious Action Center joined in coalition efforts to gather more than 2,000 clergy signatures, representing more than 30 religious denominations, expressing opposition to the Federal Marriage Amendment. Reform Jewish clergy flew to Washington and lobbied in-district to raise a religious voice against discrimination and bigotry. These efforts demonstrate clearly that America’s faith communities are diverse in their views and that millions of Americans oppose using the Constitution to deny civil rights to an entire group of citizens.
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the
Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.