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Liberal Jews Greet Equal Marriage Vote with Elation

June 5 2013

Liberal Judaism has greeted last night’s House of Lords equal marriage vote with elation, after the motion to wreck the bill was defeated by a 242 majority.

Liberal Judaism was the first religious movement in the UK to publish official liturgy for same sex commitment ceremonies (2005), and has publicly fought for full equal marriage rights for years. Liberal rabbis hope that the peers’ vote yesterday will hasten the day when they can joyfully solemnise all marriages under Liberal Jewish auspices. The movement holds that a loving, monogamous relationship deserves to be sanctified and celebrated in front of family and friends, according to the tradition – religious or otherwise – of the couple in question.

Welcoming the vote, Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Aaron Goldstein said: “Liberal Jews believe that all people were created b’tselem Elohim – in the image of God. There are no exceptions to this rule. Life has many challenges and love is the one warm harbour we can all hope to be anchored in. We are now looking forward to celebrating the first fully legal and fully Jewish same sex marriage under a Liberal chuppah (Jewish marriage canopy).”