Same Sex Marriage

JSPAN Adopts Policy on Same-Sex Marriage On December 1, 2008, the JSPAN Board overwhelmingly adopted the policy statement below concerning the issue of same-sex marriage. The Board also decided to file a brief in Strauss v. Horton, the consolidated cases pending before the California Supreme Court challenging the validity of California's Proposition 8. That "proposition" amended the California constitution to overrule a decision by the California Supreme Court last May, which held that the California constitution guaranteed same-sex couples an equal right to marry.

Stay tuned for updates on this important case!

Same-Sex Marriage

  • Mindful and respectful of the diversity of views within the Jewish community and other religious communities on the issue of same-sex marriage;
  • Dedicated to preserving the separation of church and state as an essential bulwark of individual liberty;
  • Committed to promoting a democratic, pluralistic and just society in which individuals are entitled to participate as full members of the political community unencumbered by invidious discrimination in any aspect of life on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status; and
  • Aware that a long and sorry history of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender individuals and members of their families has weakened our community, undermined family values and deprived individuals of the ability to share their lives with partners based on loving, committed, long-term unions with the equal dignity granted to others under the law;
The Jewish Social Policy Action Network endorses the following statement of policy:
  1. We defend the authority of any clergy or denomination to continue to define its own requirements with respect to religious marriages and oppose any government action that would interfere with that right.
  2. We support the continued ability of members of the clergy to perform civil marriage ceremonies consistent with the requirements of civil law.
  3. We support recognition that marriage under civil law is independent of any particular religion’s views.
  4. We support making marriage under civil law available to consenting couples without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  5. We support extending all rights, privileges and obligations of heterosexual marriage to same-sex marriages.