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California Ends Gay and Lesbian Couples’ Exclusion from Marriage

We celebrate the news that California Ends Gay Couples’ Exclusion From Marriage.

Earlier today, the California Supreme Court handed down a historic decision upholding the freedom to marry in In Re: Marriage Cases. California’s high court is the second state high court to rule in favor of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. (My home state of Massachusetts ruled over 4 years ago.)

With this ruling, our country has the opportunity to continue seeing how families are helped and no one is hurt by ending exclusion from marriage, just as other countries around the world have done.

Jewish tradition, which recognizes that all people were born b’tzelem Elohim (in the image of God), has a long supported the blessing and sanctification of marriages between two mature, monogamous, consenting adults, whatever their gender. Reform Rabbis voted in 1996 to support marriages between gay or lesbian Jewish couples and voted in 2000 to support rabbinic officiation at such unions. Now the State of California has recognized the validity and sanctity of such unions!

Mazel tov to all who worked for this day!

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