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OU DISMAYED BY COURT’S RECOGNITION OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE

Posted on May 16, 2008 In Marriage and Family

For Immediate Release

ORTHODOX UNION DISMAYED BY CALIFORNIA COURT’S RECOGNITION OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – expressed its opposition to the decision of the California State Supreme Court to overturn two laws defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The UOJCA had joined with other traditional groups in filing a legal brief in this case.

Nathan J. Diament, director of public policy for the UOJCA stated:

The Jewish tradition has always recognized the sanctity and special nature of the institution of marriage, and that only the relationship between a man and a woman can be considered marriage. Moreover, Judaism teaches that the institution of marriage is central to the formation of a healthy society and the raising of children.

We call on the California Supreme Court to issue a stay on the implementation of the ruling, until the voters of California can decide the issue for themselves in a referendum this coming November

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