Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a legal filing this week that she will not defend the state's ban on gay marriage. Read her statement here.

In response, Rabbi Cahana wrote a letter of thanks for her courageous stand: 

Dear Attorney General Rosenblum,

It is with great appreciation and admiration that I write to you today. I wish to thank you for your courageous stand releasing your office from defending the Oregon State Constitutional Amendment banning Same-Sex Marriage.

I am aware that this was not an easy decision, even as you join several other Attorneys General in recognizing that these laws violate the United States Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Significantly, to me, they violate our human responsibility of justice. I resonate strongly with your public statement:

Marriage is the way that loving couples become family to each other and to their extended families, and there is no good reason to exclude same-sex couples from marriage in Oregon, or from having their marriages recognized here.

There is no rational reason – and there is no moral reason – to allow this kind of discrimination to exist in our State Constitution.

As the Torah teaches: “tzedek, tzekek tirdof Justice, Justice Shall you Pursue.” (Deut. 16:20). Thank you for being an exemplar of Justice in our community.


Rabbi Michael Z. Cahana

View the letter here.