Sadly, it has often been the voices of those claiming to speak for people of faith who have opposed granting legal recognition to LGBT families. But now people from across our religious traditions, from different political parties and from every part of America are coming together to declare that we hold this truth to be self-evident, all families are created equal and should be treated as such.
The American people have been through this before. We’ve had laws on the books about who could get married to who, whose marriage we would recognize and whose we would invalidate. But as a nation and as a people we learned, we grew and we changed. Little by little, we have bent the arc of history toward justice.
Now is the time for our elected officials to stand on the side of justice, our Constitution and families everywhere by supporting the inclusion of the Uniting American Families Act within our new immigration process.
As the great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said after marching arm in arm with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “When I marched in Selma, my legs were praying.” Today we are once again called upon to march for justice.
Hadar Susskind is the Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, the advocacy arm of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.