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Victory in equal marriage fight

10th December 2012

Liberal Judaism is celebrating a huge victory in the fight for equal marriage, after the Prime Minister gave his backing to holding same-sex weddings in Liberal synagogues.

 Conservative Party leader David Cameron announced his support for same-sex marriage ceremonies being conducted in religious institutions, after a long fight by Liberal Judaism and like-minded religions including The Quakers, Unitarians and Movement for Reform Judaism.  

There will be a free vote in the House of Commons next year to confirm the plans, which also have the support of Labour leader Ed Miliband and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader.

Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich said: "Liberal Judaism, of course, was a pioneer of this measure of equality and created the first ever liturgy for same-sex ceremonies back in 2005.  "I am delighted that the Prime Minister has assisted in righting a historic wrong and that the measure now has cross-party support."

All religious institutions will be able to 'opt in' of the new law, leaving the choice of whether to hold same-sex marriage ceremonies down to them.

The move comes at the same time as the launch of Liberal Judaism's landmark Rainbow Jews project - celebrating Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) history and heritage in the UK.

Rainbow Jews Project manager Su Rathgeber Knan added: “Equal marriage is the latest victory in a lengthy struggle for LGBT rights going back more than 50 years.

“Rainbow Jews is about documenting and commemorating that history, as well as creating a legacy for generations to come.

“Equal marriage in places of worship will be a milestone that will be welcomed for our movement and our history.”