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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.