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This is a quick diary, especially as I'm getting ready to runoff for Shabbat, but I thought that it should be shared. Several major Jewish-American organizations have joined the court fight against the Defense of Marriage Act, filing a friend of the court brief with the Second Circuit. The brief states:
DOMA departs from this longstanding separation between religious and civil definitions of marriage by incorporating, for the first time, a single religious definition into federal law — a definition inconsistent with the decision of many religious groups, including many of the undersigned amici, to embrace an inclusive view of marriage.
The organizations signing on to the brief are important names in institutional Judaism. Among them are the Anti-Defamation League, Hadassah and organs of both Conservative and Reform Judaism. While it is not a surprise that both the Conservative and Reform movements would sign on given their support for LGBT rights, it is surprising that both the ADL and Hadassah would join a side in what many consider a contentious issue that does uniquely impact upon the Jewish community.
That said, it is a reflection of Jewish liberalism and strong Jewish support for marriage equality. If people want to understand why Jewish-Americans support Democrats, and will continue to support Democrats, this is exactly why. We are liberals. We believe in community. We believe we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers. We believe in individual autonomy. We believe that every individual is unique and worthy of respect and dignity. We are all created in G-d's image. We remember that.
Originally posted to Mets102 on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 02:50 PM PDT.