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Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law 22 years ago to allow workers to take a maximum 12 weeks unpaid time off of work to care for a new child (including adopted and foster children); care for a sick child; act as a caregiver for a parent; address personal serious health concerns; and care for wounded service members. After the decision in United States v. Windsor, in which the part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defining marriage as between a man and a woman for federal purposes was struck down, the Department of Labor announced that FMLA would apply to eligible employees in same-sex marriages if the employee resided in a state that recognized their marriage. Rachel Laser, Deputy Director of the Religious Action Center, submitted comments last August to the Department of Labor in support of this change when it was proposed.
Breaking a glass is a ritual frequently performed at Jewish weddings. Check out these other practices and customs you may see the next time you’re at a Jewish wedding.
Pride Shabbat 2013 Delivered June 21, 2013 by Rabbi Karen R.
Next Tuesday, April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on four combined cases relating to marriage equality. The joint suit is known by one of the cases, Obergefell v. Hodges, and could establish the freedom to marry in all fifty states. As oral arguments approach, the RAC has joined other faith organizations in co-sponsoring a National Weekend of Prayer for marriage equality on April 24-26, 2015.
PRIDE AND THE PROMISED LAND: JOURNEYS OF JUSTICE Delivered in 2013 by Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser Edith Schlain was born in Philadelphia in 1929.
LGBT Pride Shabbat Sermon A version of this sermon was delivered by Matthew Gewirtz in 2011 I remember it like it was yesterday. I walked into the preschool classroom, mid-conversation.
Last week, Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) released a statement on the need for comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination protections. This statement came on the heels of the controversy related to Indiana’s and Arkansas’ Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) and their subsequent amendments, and serves as a reminder that LGBT people in America are not afforded the same rights and protections under broad state and federal laws as many other minorities.