Let’s start by getting something straight: It’s about Marriage equality, not some special same-sex marriage.
Now, on to the story:
The Jewish Daly Forward is reporting that more than a dozen Conservative Rabbis that previously would not sign a statement supporting equal rights for LGBTQ civil marriages, have now signed. The change is reportedly due to the movement’s recent decision to allow for Gay and Lesbian clergy and same-sex marriage.
This is, of course, a good thing. But the sad part is in this statement by Rabbi Denise Eger, of the reform Gay and Lesbian shul in West Hollywood, Kol Ami:
“Conservative rabbis might have been privately supportive of same-sex marriage, but they hadn’t been willing to step out.”
It’s unfortunate enough that these rabbi’s didn’t see the light before the decision, but such is the process of learning and growth. But the idea that they DID see the light, but didn’t speak up because of the Conservative Movement, is just sad. To be a leader is to step up - and all we’re talking about is signing a letter.
If your Rabbi or Cantor did sign the agreement. Thank them. Whether they just signed now or in 2005, show them your support for their leadership. And if they didn’t sign, ask them why not - and then convince them otherwise.