Same-Sex Marriage

By Eric H. Yoffie

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), 2004

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President of the URJ, 2004-2005 Regional Biennial speech affirmed that "Reform Jews will fight the battle" and "will not bend " with regard to advocating support for same-sex marriage. Rabbi Yoffie makes the point, "the fact that gay marriage is widely unpopular in some places cannot obscure the fact that it is morally momentous and morally right." He urges those in the Reform movement to "educate our fellow citizens" on the basis "America does not mistreat people because of what they are." He goes on to champion the point-of-view that same-sex marriage is not a "special right," rather, "it is simply a component of equal citizenship.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Civil Rights, Equality, Homosexuality, Advocacy, LGBT Issues, Marriage, GLBT Issues, Public Policy

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Genre: Speech

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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