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Bend the Arc CEO Alan van Capelle shares why faith communities are one of the most important groups to win over when it comes to winning marriage equality.
Members of the Jewish community gathered with more than 60 leaders from the Bay Area faith community at a press conference in San Francisco a few hours after the Supreme Court announced its rulings on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
“Having faced prejudice and bigotry throughout our history, the Jewish community does not tolerate unjust discrimination against others,” Alan van Capelle, the director of Bend the Arc, a Jewish group that advocates on social issues and that had joined friend-of-the-court briefs in both cases, said in a statement. “Personally, as a gay Jewish man who has long been fighting for LGBT rights, it means so much to see our highest court rule that my family has as much right to happiness and protection under the law as any other.”
A challenge to the American-Jewish community to get involved in domestic issues met with a sharp response as professionals from Jewish organizations across the country met in Whippany for their annual conference.