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August 2015 E-Newsletter

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March 4-6, 2016
Our movement is growing. Heartiest congratulations and mazel tov to the five new Israeli Humanist Rabbis.

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SHJ Celebrates SCOTUS Marriage Equality Decision
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that the Constitution guaranteed a right to same-sex marriage.  This long awaited ruling made marriage equality the law of the land.  Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority, "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.  In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were." Marriage is a "keystone of our social order," Kennedy continued, adding that the plaintiffs in the case were seeking "equal dignity in the eyes of the law."

-Rabbi Adam Chalom officiating a marriage ceremony

This ruling is more than a court decision. It significantly impacts the lives of real couples, raising families. For them, they are finally being afforded what many heterosexual couples have long taken for granted.

SHJ's Brian Kutinsky was recently interviewed by the Detroit Jewish News.  He and his partner, Michael Neumann, are enjoying a 23 year partnership, and have three adopted children.  They were asked how the ruling affected their family. Click here to read the full Detroit Jewish News story.

The historic Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage equality was long anticipated by SHJ.  The ruling validates the position held by SHJ for decades. 

SHJ Opposes Blasphemy Laws
Recently, SHJ joined with nearly 80 other organizations and signed onto a coalition statement opposing reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule.  As the statement indicates, "the global gag rule causes serious harm in countries around the world.  The policy interferes with the doctor-patient relationship by restricting medical information healthcare providers may offer, limits free speech by prohibiting local citizens from participating in public policy debates, and impedes women's access to family planning by cutting off funding for many of the most experienced health care providers who have chosen to prioritize quality reproductive-health services and counseling over fund that restricts care and sensors information."  

SHJ is proud to be listed among the many other organizations who oppose reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule.

In a similar move, SHJ joined with many other humanist, nontheist, secularist, atheist and religious freedom advocacy organizations in a letter of support of House Resolution 290, a bi-partisan international religious freedom resolution.  SHJ President Larry Lawrence said "Freedom of speech, which is a cornerstone of democracies, includes the freedom to criticize religions.  Progress comes from an open dialogue hearing different points of view and this applies to religion as well as other sensitive topics.  While SHJ condemns violence in the name of religion, free speech should be supported around the world."

The full text of the letter can be read here.

Contact the Society for Humanistic Judaism 

Larry Lawrence, President 

Rabbi Miriam Jerris  

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