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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.