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Reform Jewish Voice of New York State Lauds Governor Cuomo on His Marriage Equality Act

RJV is proud to represent a faith voice supporting Governor Cuomo's Marriage Equality Act and anticipates greatly the day it becomes law.

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NEW YORK, June 14, 2011 -- Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV) today congratulates Governor Cuomo on the introduction of his Marriage Equality Act, which removes the current barriers same-sex couples face in recognizing their relationships, protecting their families and obtaining essential benefits. Honey Heller and Donald C. Cutler, co-chairs of RJV, issued the following statement of support:

"We are enthusiastic that our Governor has been such an outspoken supporter of Marriage Equality for same-sex couples and have mobilized our community to voice their support.

"As a part of the Reform Jewish Movement, we know well that civil marriage can exist in harmony with respect for a diversity of religious beliefs on the issue of same-sex marriage. Although the Reform Movement celebrates and supports the religious sanctification of same-sex marriages, we respect the view of those faith traditions that hold differing views on this issue. That is why it is essential that civil marriage laws are not rooted in theology, but in the principle of equal rights.

"Recent news that four State Senators have changed their positions opposing marriage equality and are prepared to vote in favor of this legislation encourages us further that civil rights for same-sex couples are within reach.  RJV is proud to represent a faith voice supporting Governor Cuomo's Marriage Equality Act and anticipates greatly the day it becomes law."


Reform Jewish Voice of New York State (RJV) is Reform Judaism's advocate for social justice in the state. There are more than 100 Reform Jewish congregations in New York State, with nearly 100,000 members. RJV functions under the auspices of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, a joint instrumentality of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism.



Stanley Krantz

June 16, 2011
03:41 PM


I am dismayed to know that URJ has alighned itself with the political left in supporting gay marriage. I believe that gay partnerships deserve all the civil benefits provided married couples but to assign the term marriage to unions other than between a man and a woman is to deny our religious teachings and to do a disservice to society.


Mike Goodman

June 24, 2011
10:53 AM


If Moses and King Solomon were alive today they would condemn any legal decision by our Rabbi's or us Jews to support homosexual (gay) marriage. We as Jews cannot support (and should actively CONDEMN) this cause. The Rabbi's and Jews who support homosexual marriage don't understand that, according to our Torah, this is NOT a civil rights issue to be equated with, e.g., race discrimination. That's the problem: Those Jews who support this have had their "understanding" of Jewish law brainwashed by the homosexual rights movement. While we should fully support equality in areas of, say, employment and housing, marriage is completely different. It is the sole institution that provides the basis of moral sexual conduct which is meant to be heterosexual and ONLY heterosexual conduct (according to our Torah commandments). Yes, you obviously can refrain from engaging in sex while still being married but the vast majority of married couples (straight or gay) DON'T DO THAT. If homosexual marriage is legal it provides a type of "marriage" where homosexual conduct is morally acceptable because it would be done within the confines of "marriage." The RJV and our Reform Jewish branch should be ashamed of itself for thus advocating such "marriage." If Moses and King Solomon were alive, they WOULD agree.


Jewish In St. Louis

June 27, 2011
03:01 PM


We are guided by the basic belief that all human beings are created b’tselem Elohim (in the Divine image), as it says in Genesis 1:27, “And God created humans in God’s own image, in the image of God, God created them; male and female God created them.” Seeing a statement like this makes me proud to be a Reform Jew! Keep it up URJ!


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