ADL forms bloc of organizations for gay marriage
Sam Sokol, JPost, Mar 2 2013
The ADL announced on Friday that it has brought together in support of marriage equality what it termed “an incredibly diverse and impressive coalition of religious and cultural organizations,” namely the Central Conference of USAian Rabbis, Women of Reform Judaism, Hadassah, Rabbis for Human Rights North America, the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, the Sikh USAian Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Hindu USAian Foundation. The ADL filed two amicus briefs to the US Supreme Court for two pending cases centered around the issue of homosexual marriage, Hollingsworth vs Perry and US vs Windsor. An amicus brief is a document submitted by an interested individual or group that is not a party to the case being adjudicated. The first case challenges the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to opposite-gender couples, while the second deals with the constitutionality of Section 3 of the 1996 “Defense of Marriage Act”. The ADL said:
In Perry, we urge the court to land on the right side of history. Time and time again, religious and moral disapproval as a basis for discriminatory laws has been rejected by the Supreme Court. The court needs only to look at its decisions ending slavery, segregation, interracial-marriage bans and laws restricting women’s roles in public life to reach the right conclusion. In Windsor, we argue that religious views of marriage should be kept distinct from a civil understanding of marriage. The ill-conceived and discriminatory 1996 law flouts this long-standing constitutional principle by codifying one particular religious understanding of marriage into federal law.