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NFTY Celebrates Marriage Equality

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What a remarkable day!

Today the United States Supreme Court made clear that the Constitution both allows same sex couples to marry and requires all states to recognize all marriages performed in other states. It is a day many of us long prayed for, but were not sure if we would ever see it happen.

kutz-marriage-equality-300x225The North American board of NFTY, representing more than 8,000 Reform Jewish youth across the United States and Canada, applauds today’s decision. Since 2003, NFTY has worked alongside the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and other key partners in the fight for marriage equality. We are especially proud of the role that young people played in this campaign. As a North American movement, we now truly stand together. We are ecstatic that our laws finally reflect the freedom and liberty that our society was founded on.

While this is a huge victory, we are reminded of the story of creation in which we learn that all people are created b’tzelem elohim – in God’s image – the fight for true equality is still far from our reach. Law is one thing, and society’s opinions are another. We will continue to work tirelessly to see that this law becomes a reality and that our society is a place where all can live in harmony and peace.

We are reminded once again that our generation has the power to change opinions and society for the better. Love ALWAYS wins.

For more coverage of today’s ruling, visit the Religious Action Center’s website.




Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
shehechehyanu, v’kiy’manu, v’higianu laz’man hazeh.

Our praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of all:
for giving us life, sustaining us, and enabling us to reach this season.