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Reform Jewish Movement Lauds Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Colorado Anti-Gay Legislation

The Decision Reflects Profound Religious Values...Recognizing That the Spark of the Divine is Found Within All God's Children.

WASHINGTON, May 20, 1996 -- Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down Colorado's anti-gay Amendment Two. The Reform Movement had participated in the case, Romer v. Evans, by joining an amicus (friend of the court) brief.

Rabbi Saperstein, who, in Washington, represents the nation's 1.5 million Reform Jews, testified last week before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution in opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, which would, for the first time in our nation's history, create a federal definition of marriage, and would allow states to not recognize gay civil marriages if any state were to allow them.

The statement follows:

Today's decision is a powerful reaffirmation of the signal American values of equality and tolerance, and the rejection of hatred and bigotry.

It reflects profound religious values as well, recognizing that all God's children are created in the divine image.

We hope that today's decision will mark the start of a new era, an era in which efforts to discriminate against gay men and lesbians simply because of their sexual orientation will no longer be tolerated.


The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, representing 1.5 million Reform Jews and 1,700 Reform rabbis in 850 congregations throughout North America.



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