When I read Rabbi Kuhn’s essay in the March 1, 2012 RS Bulletin, I thought that he made a very strong and convincing case for marriage equality. As Trustees, we now have an opportunity to respond positively to his leadership on this subject.
“Joan Levin, BA President, addressing RS Board of Trustees following Marriage Equality Resolution”
I believe that as Jews and as a Congregation, we should always play a proactive and visible role in promoting civil and human rights and liberties. This is an issue that calls for such involvement on our part.
I also believe that we have a special obligation to the members of Beth Ahavah to actively support their goals and aspirations whenever possible. We have welcomed them into our midst. They worship with us and participate fully in our Congregational activities. We have the same obligation to LGBT members of Rodeph Shalom who do not belong to Beth Ahavah.
I have not always felt as supportive of same-sex marriage as I do today. However, when I read that over 30% of the babies in the United States are born out-of-wedlock, it has become clear to me that any cause that promotes love, commitment, and family formation, as this does, is worthy of our enthusiastic support and advocacy.
I hope that you will vote in favor of the resolution before you:
"The Board of Trustees of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia, PA supports the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States and authorizes its Rabbi and President to state the same in any forum they may deem appropriate."