same-sex marriage

The Orthodox Community Must Embrace Its Gay Children

08/24/2015 - 20:00

The horrifying stabbings and murder of Shira Banki at the recent Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem are in no way representative of the Orthodox Judaism I live and breathe.  Yet, that horrifying incident should give all of us in the Modern Orthodox community pause, and cause, to rethink the stance we take, and the message we send about homosexuality and LGBT Jews. It calls for a fundamental change in the way we interact with these men and women of our community— our children, our siblings, our congregants.  We must do it because it is right. And we must do it because the alternative to such a change has become too great to bear.

Orthodox Fear Repercussions From Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Supreme Court ruling sets off anxiety about lost funding, limits on free speech and labels of bigotry.

07/06/2015 - 20:00
Associate Editor

The Supreme Court decision affirming same-sex marriage as a constitutional right set off celebrations across the country, not least among Jews, many of whose Facebook photos – like the White House itself – were soon overlaid with the multi-hued stripes associated with gay rights. But while it was widely reported that Orthodox Jews continued to oppose the legal redefinition of marriage, what was less reported was how fearful the Orthodox are. Not so much from the redefinition of brides and grooms but from the redefinition of bigotry and traditional religion.

Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate in front of the Supreme Court the day of the landmark ruling. Getty Images

Near Site Of Landmark March, Philadelphia Museum Celebrates Jewish Role In Promoting Gay Rights

07/05/2015 - 20:00

Philadelphia — On July 4, 1965, 40 people gathered outside this city’s Independence Hall for the first Annual Reminder demonstration on behalf of civil rights for gays.

Orthodox Jewish Groups Brace For Consequences Of Gay-Marriage Ruling

07/01/2015 - 20:00

Washington – The name that keeps coming up when Orthodox Jewish groups consider the consequences of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision extending same-sex marriage rights to all states has little to do with Jews or gays.

A same-sex marriage supporter celebrating in San Francisco following the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage June 26, 2015. JTA

The Battle Continues

At CBST and along Fifth Avenue, gay Jews rejoiced, and planned next steps.

06/30/2015 - 20:00

Like many Americans, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum spent part of her morning last Friday glued to her computer watching the live blog from the U.S. Supreme Court.

My Aunts Would Have Loved The Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

06/29/2015 - 20:00

The first wail of mourning that I ever heard in my life was at my great-aunt Trudy’s funeral.

Amy Joslin carried this sign at a rally before the U.S. Supreme Court in June, 2014, a year before the historic decision. RNS

Jewish Groups March In NYC Gay Pride Parade

Post-Obergefell v. Hodges, marchers express pride in their Jewish and LGBT identities.

06/28/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Shonna Levin’s bright red shoes offset her black suit, white shirt, and wide-brimmed black hat, an outfit often worn by young men in yeshiva. The sign she held explained the combination: “For the bochur (young religious man) who lives in silence, I march with you.” 

Marchers express pride in their Jewish and LGBT identities. Talia Lakritz/JW

U.S. Jews Among Biggest Backers Of Same-Sex Marriage, Data Show

Some 77 percent of American Jews expressed support for same-sex marriage, a 2014 report says.

06/28/2015 - 20:00

American Jews are among the most supportive religious groups of same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage supporters celebrate outside the Supreme Court on June 26. JTA

Gay Marriage Supporters Plan To Flood Supreme Court With A Friendly Push

02/10/2015 - 19:00

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear from a lot of people on same-sex marriage.

Orthodox, Reform Groups Differ On Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Call

10/07/2014 - 20:00

Washington — Reform and Orthodox Jewish groups had opposite takes on the Supreme Court decision not to hear gay marriage cases, effectively extending the right to a majority of the states.

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