The Reconstructionist movement celebrates the Supreme Court decision on Obergefell v. Hodges, ruling marriage equality for our country. We are kvelling that all couples will be seen as equal in our nation. Gay and lesbian couples now have the same rights, responsibilities and benefits as heterosexual couples. As important is the dignity this new status confers on all same-sex couples. We are in awe of the many acts, known and unknown, that brought us to this very place, a shehechiyanu moment indeed.
This is an historic moment for our country and also for our movement. We have been among the first religious movements and institutions to support marriage rights for gays and lesbians. From signing onto many amicus briefs (including for this case), to education, to the creation of new ritual, to advocacy, Reconstructionist Judaism has long been a leader on this issue. We are grateful to all the rabbis, educators and lay people who helped pave the way for this decision.
Even in our celebration, we recognize that there is still more work to be done to secure equality for LGBT people, including passage of federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. With your help, we will continue to be a religious voice for justice and fairness for all marginalized groups.
May we continue to go from strength to strength.
Rabbi Deborah Waxman
Chair, Board of Governors
Rabbi Joshua Lesser
Chair, Tikkun Olam Commission
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling
Director, Tikkun Olam Commission
Rabbi Nina Mandel
President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association