Reform Judaism and homosexuality
Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC)
Review of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC):
The Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) is an umbrella group representing 860 Reform synagogues across the US.
They have stated that: "In accordance with the teaching of Reform Judaism that all human
beings are created 'Betselem elohim' (in the divine image), Reform Judaism has strongly
condemned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."
They have "been
in the vanguard of the support for the full recognition of equality for lesbians and gays
in society." In 1993, they noted that "committed lesbian and gay couples
are denied the benefits routinely accorded to married heterosexual couples"; they
resolved that full legal equality for lesbians and gays requires legal recognition of
Statements by the UAHC:
In common with most other religious organizations, the UAHC differentiates between domestic relationships formed by "gay men orlesbians" and "heterosexual couples." Both terms deny recognition of bisexuals -- persons who are sexually attracted to both men and women. We recommend the use of the terms "same-sex couples" and "opposite-sex couples." Such terms are inclusive of heterosexuals, bisexuals, gays, and lesbians.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- DonRossoff "Homosexuality," Union for Reform Judaism. at: http://urj.org/
- "Reform's position on ... homosexuality," Soc.Culture.Jewish Newsgroups, at: http://www.shamash.org/
- "Report to the CCAR Convention, June, 1998," Ad Hoc Committee on Human Sexuality, at: http://ccarnet.org/ (No longer online)
Copyright © 2000 to 2010 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2000-APR-3
Latest update: 2010-NOV-21
Author: B.A. Robinson