NEW YORK – In response to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision today legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation, the Rabbinical Assembly, the association of Conservative/Masorti rabbis, released the following statement:
“Jewish tradition reminds us that we were all created equally, b'tzelem Elohim, in the ‘image of God’ (Genesis 1:27), and also shows us that marriage is a sacred responsibility, not only between the partners, but also between the couple and the larger community. Today’s decision by the Supreme Court upholds equality and the sacred commitment of marriage for all couples, regardless of sexual orientation. As Justice Kennedy wrote, ‘No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family.’ As the Torah teaches, ‘It is not good for a person to be alone’ (Genesis 2:18).
“Our Movement recognizes and supports same-sex marriages as well as opposite-sex marriages, and therefore celebrates today’s ruling by the Supreme Court.”