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Rabbi Rich Gives Evidence to Equal Marriage Bill Committee – Watch Live

February 12 2013

Liberal Judaism’s chief executive, Rabbi Danny Rich, is to give evidence today to the Public Bill Committee on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. He is expected to convey Liberal Judaism’s strong support for the Bill in principle, and in particular, to urge the Committee to make provision in the Bill for religious groups to be able to opt in for the right to legally solemnise same sex marriages. Rabbi Rich has previously commented that equal marriage is “a matter of justice.” Rabbi Rich’s evidence can be read by clicking here. You can watch his submission to the committee live on the Parliament web TV channel by visiting this page. He is expected to speak at around 3pm.

The Bill has already passed through its first and second reading in the Commons, with a victory for equal marriage in the House. The Bill is now at the committee stage – in this case public – during which experts and interest groups from outside of Parliament will give evidence. The Bill is given a detailed examination and every clause is either agreed to, amended or removed. For more information on the committee stage, and the passage of a bill in general, please click here.

Liberal Judaism has long been an advocate of equal marriage, and became the first religious group to publish official liturgy for blessing same sex unions, with its 2005 publication of the Brit Ahava. The movement has already been receiving enquiries from same sex couples hoping to have a Jewish wedding, and is looking forward to being able to solemnise these with pride and joy in equal measure.

Rabbi Rich’s evidence will be made public in the next  couple of days.