“Honor the Holiness of Lesbian and Gay Marriages” – Sue Levi Elwell

Reference: Reform Judaism

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When my beloved and I stood together under the chupah last June, we listened as our marriage document was read to the assembled community. Like so many other Jewish couples before us, we signed a document that recalls the brit, the covenant that connects God and the Jewish people. Like so many couples, we used ancient words to seal our brit to one another and to our tradition. And as we stood before our friends and family, they blessed us with the words of Torah: “May God bless you and keep you….”

But unlike so many other couples, our marriage was not recognized by the Reform movement as kiddushin, as a sacred union. Why? Because my beloved and I are women.

Granted, our movement has a proud record of affirming civil rights for sexual minorities. Delegates to the 1997 UAHC Biennial in Dallas passed a resolution supporting the legalization of civil marriage for gays and lesbians. The right to a civil marriage would end legal discrimination against gay and lesbian families by recognizing our participation in family health insurance programs, our next-of-kin hospital and nursing home visitation rights, and our status as legal heirs.

 

To read the full text of this article, please visit the Reform Judaism website at: http://reformjudaismmag.org/Articles/index.cfm?id=2480