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Op-ed: The Religious Folks Are With Us | July 2, 2013

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.

Faith leaders gather in S.F. to celebrate Supreme Court rulings

J Weekly | June 27, 2013

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.

Jewish groups ride roller-coaster week of Supreme Court rulings

JTA | June 26, 2013

“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.”

Jewish Blessings Greet Gay Marriage Ruling

The Jewish Daily Forward | June 26, 2013
News of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to pave the way to gay marriage found gay Jewish leaders at the end of a meeting with two dozen Democratic senators on Capitol Hill. “I got hugs and applauds,” said Alan van Capelle, CEO of Bend the Arc who led a gay rights movement before joining the Jewish organizational world. Van Capelle whispered to himself the Jewish blessing of “Shehecheyanu,” thanking God for “keeping us alive to see this moment,” he recalled.

Conference puts local spotlight on nation’s Jewish professionals

New Jersey Jewish News | June 13, 2013

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.