WASHINGTON – In response to President Obama's statement today demonstrating support for LGBT rights, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, expressed the following statement:
Hadassah commends President Obama for taking an important step today in showing his commitment to and respect for the LGBT community. Hadassah has long supported LGBT rights, and we firmly believe that it is the government's responsibility to ensure that all Americans are treated equally and have equal access to the same rights. Hadassah is committed to the preservation of rights for all people and vigorously condemns discrimination of any kind. As Zionists,Hadassah members understand the dangers of bigotry.
Obama's message was particularly meaningful for Hadassah members and associated today, as 100 Hadassah members and associates from across the United States gathered at the White House to meet with Obama administration leadership in honor of our 100th anniversary this year.
We look forward to continuing to work with the President as he expands civil rights for all Americans.
Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is celebrating its 100th year. Hadassah is the largest women's Zionist Jewish membership organization in the United States. In Israel, it supports medical care and research, education and youth programs, and reforestation and parks projects. In the United States, Hadassah promotes health education, social action and advocacy, volunteerism, Jewish education and research, Young Judaea and connections with Israel. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.
Read Hadassah's 2006 Policy Statement Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans.