Washington, D.C. – In response to today’s decision, the JCPA issued the following statement:
We recognize that the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is celebrated by millions of Americans who can now enjoy legal protections and celebrate their marriages, and millions more of their loved ones who can join in those celebrations. In his decision, Justice Kennedy wrote that marriage “embodies the highest values of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family.”
We also recognize that while the conversation about same sex marriage has changed dramatically in recent years there are many Americans who will disagree with the decision and among them many who are concerned about its impact on their sincerely held religious beliefs.
We call for sensitivity and civility in this debate, understanding that the vast majority on all sides are people of good will. Adjusting to change is not always easy or swift. Our society and, no doubt, our courts will continue to be challenged with the implementation of this decision. We call on all sides to respect the decision of the Supreme Court and each other’s religious and personal beliefs.
JCPA, the public affairs arm of the organized Jewish community, serves as the national coordinating and advisory body for the 17 national and 125 local agencies comprising the field of Jewish community relations.