Read Rabbi Latz's article in the Huffington Post about courageous vision and Shabbat Hazon in beloved memory of member Caryl Barnett.
Letter from Rabbis regarding same-sex marriage:
Dear Shir Tikvah:
It was an absolute joy - a perfect Shehecheyanu moment - when Governor Mark Dayton signed Minnesota’s marriage equality law on Tuesday evening! For every couple that has waited for civil marriage and for all congregants who have advanced our great state towards equality, this was a sweet moment indeed.
Today, we remember beloved congregant Senator Allan Spear (z”l), Minnesota’s first openly gay legislator, who championed the cause of human rights. We are deeply proud of congregants Senate President Sandy Pappas and Representative Phyllis Kahn, along with Ann Kaner-Roth, who demonstrated outstanding leadership. And we are blessed that countless Shir Tikvah members raised their voices together to bring us to this momentous day.
As you know, in December of 2010, following years of reflection and discernment, Rabbi Simon and I shared with you that we would not sign civil wedding licenses until same-sex couples were offered equal rights under Minnesota law. We felt strongly about not being agents of the state’s discriminatory policy and joined with you and other faith communities to affirm Shir Tikvah’s founding values of human dignity and equality.
With the establishment of marriage equality in Minnesota, we are overjoyed to close this chapter and open the next. We will now sign civil marriage licenses for all couples forwhom we officiate.
For all of our 25 years, Shir Tikvah has led the way toward justice. It has been a privilege and an honor to work with our holy congregation in creating a Minnesota where all loving couples have equal marriage rights.
Rabbis Michael Adam Latz & Melissa B. Simon
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