A cellphone alert bings and we just learned the Supreme Court voted in a 5-4 decision, that U.S. states cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions. People across the country are taking to the streets, the blogs, to hugging each other in joy and tears, as we just did in our home.
Perhaps you, too, have family members, colleagues, neighbors and/or simply wish to honor the inherent equality every citizen’s new right to marry their beloveds. Jewish Renewal, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Conservative Judaism have have for some time accorded marriage equality in permission for whom their clergy marry.
With marriage equality now the American Way, it’s time to reach out across the full spectrum of Jewish life — family, friends, colleagues and organizations to encourage all to honor and undertake this practice in the few remaining places where it is not yet so within Judaism and beyond. Congratulations to all the groups, individuals and families who have worked so hard to make this day possible!
The accompanying images are from the Gay Pride Parade last week in Philadelphia. Photo credits: Barry Bub