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My Take on California’s Prop 8

Some years ago, I wrote an article for our Divray Or Ami supporting Marriage Equality. In it, I argued that

We, the people who recall the words of our sacred Scriptures – You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of a stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt (Exodus 23:9) – seek to do justice. We, people of faith who try to love mercy, defend vigorously the dignity of every human being, consistent with the principle that each of us is created in the Divine image (Genesis 1:27). While we respect those who may be single, we uphold the values of marriage and family. Marriage, imbued with the values of exclusivity, permanence, intimate companionship, and love, provides fulfillment for each partner and adds to the common good of the community. Thus, in an attempt to walk humbly with our God, we affirm that every human being has an absolute right to such fulfillment, and that the loving, committed relationships of same-sex couples have the same potential for kedusha (holiness) as those of heterosexual couples. Read more.

Huge numbers of religious leaders from all faiths signed onto an AN OPEN LETTER TO RELIGIOUS LEADERS ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY.

A majority of California Rabbis have signed a letter opposing Proposition 8. Why? Watch this video.

In line with our Jewish tradition that recognizes that everyone was born b’tzelem Elohim (in God’s image), we work to ensure that gay and lesbian couples do not face discrimination by laws which forbid marriage equality.

One comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    “Betzelem elohim” (another term for having human DNA), was never a concept used in Judaism to eliminate societal laws.

    I support equal rights for gays, but I do not support taking away the specialness of traditional marriage.

    We’ve gotten to the point that we want so badly to fight for any cause out there, that some of us may have forgotten that maintaining traditions is also a cause worthy of fighting for.

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