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RJV Launches Long-Term Campaign for Marriage Equality in New York

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New York, NY, June 21, 2010 — Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV) has launched a multi-year campaign to establish marriage equality in New York State, the organization announced today.  RJV has also set up a website, featuring a targeted letter writing campaign to all State Senators, for New Yorkers dedicated to bringing equality to the Empire State.

“This is going to be a battle for justice in our state and we are proud to say we will continue to fight until we succeed,” said Donald C. Cutler, RJV steering committee member and coordinator of RJV’s marriage equality campaign.  “Our tradition teaches that all people are created b’tselem Elohim, In the Image of God, and should be treated accordingly.  The Reform Movement has long held that civil marriage between two adults, regardless of gender or sexuality, should be permitted under the law.  This is a fight for civil rights. But this is also a fight for religious freedom: the freedom for communities to choose who they bless with the rights and responsibilities of marriage.”

The home of this campaign,, is a fully-functioning action center where New Yorkers can read position papers, get updates on the latest developments from around the state and send letters to their representatives in Albany. “Our new site provides our members and like-minded New Yorkers with the tools to take informed action,” explained Cutler.  “Moving forward, we believe this website will become a hub of progressive religious action for marriage equality in our state.”

Over the summer, members of RJV will be working with their communities and congregations to engage in meaningful dialogue with local representatives and plan for a state-wide event on the weekend of October 22nd -24th, the second annual “And Justice for ALL – A Reform Jewish Voice Advocacy Shabbat”, which will also focus on marriage equality.

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Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV) is Reform Judaism’s advocate for social justice in the state. There are more than 100 Reform Jewish congregations in New York State, with nearly 100,000 members. RJV functions under the auspices of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, a joint instrumentality of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism.

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