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Jewish Groups Welcome U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage

June 26, 2013 3:57 pm 19 comments

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JNS.orgProminent Jewish groups welcomed the United States Supreme Court’s decision striking down the 1996 Defense Against Marriage Act and California’s ban on gay marriage. The decision paves the way for federal benefits to be extended to same-sex marriages.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC), which filed an amicus brief in the cases decided Wednesday, praised the decision but also called for more progress on gay rights.

“Full recognition of marriage equality—the right to marry the person one loves regardless of gender—is a right whose recognition is long overdue. Today’s decisions are a large, but, unfortunately, incomplete, step in that direction,” AJC General Counsel Marc D. Stern said.

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, said, “Our [Conservative Jewish] movement recognizes and celebrates marriages, whether between partners of the same sex or the opposite sex. We therefore celebrate today’s decisions on gay marriage by the Supreme Court.”

With the Supreme Court’s decision, the U.S. joins Israel and several other Western countries that extend government benefits to same-sex couples. Israel, which does not permit same-sex marriage or civil marriage, does recognize same-sex unions for the purposes of taxes, immigration and other state benefits.

19 Comments

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    More examples of Orthodox bigotry, ignorance, stupidity and hate. No wonder the 87% of us who are not Orthodox detest you. These are the kind of comments one reads from the ultra-right wing “conservative’ tea party loons. You Orthodox are no different from them. If you had any education you’d know homosexuality is not a choice but is and always has been a biological, inborn, probably prenatal condition and if you were really pious Jews you would know that GOD chose to make 4% of humans that way from the beginning of time. And the Torah, while divine, IS WRONG…yes, the Torath is WRONG on this and a number of other issues. You’re no different or better than the crazy Moslems screaming the Koran is 100% right and unchanging.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Is a disgrace that religious leader who suppose to teach God warning and guidance are contracting the fundamental of is word. Sodom and Gomorrah had been destroy by God for such sexual immorality.
    Loving you enemy is teach by Jesus but had never said to left them sin and help them doing so.
    That homosexual in a secular culture need not to be punish by tax and service given does not imply to recognize and allowed the society moral consent of their life stile choice.
    The majority of world citizen are against same sex union as is international recognize family and marriage only for man-women union that are the basic foundation of our future with the procreation and welfare of they children.
    Homosexuality is a font of propagation of illness too, witch are paid by citizen for the wrong choice of a sick minority. Health care had to cut many important service because AIDS and other sickness are costly.

  • Scanning the reader comments, I was hard-pressed to remember I wasn’t reading a fundamentalist Christian or Muslim publication. Since our texts are also pretty explicit on various other topics relative to human sexual activities, do the reader’s suggest that we also codify those in the secular laws of our nation?

    Oh, heck, let’s move on beyond the matter of gay marriage. I have a more important question. Can I own a Canadian?

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/drlaura.asp

  • Your journalist forgot the word “Kofer” in front of the word “Jewish” for these pro gay groups. The Torah clearly describes the end result of such groups.

  • Joseph Shandling

    I don’t get it. Where does the Algemeiner stand on this issue. Ostensibly, they are a publication representing the traditional Jewish point of view. Yet they publish a story stating that Jewish groups welcome the Supreme Court decision, ignoring the views of traditional Jewish groups. As if they themselves welcome the Supreme Court decision. What is the deal????

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      I’ll tell you the deal, Mr. Shandling, you Jewish fascist masquerading as “traditional.” I never thought the Algemeiner represented SOLELY and ONLY your orthodox views but was open to and reflective of the views of all parts of American Jewry-mine as well as yours.

  • That is why I can’t stand leftist Jews, they stick their collective noses in places they certainly don’t belong. Rabbi read the bible, if you ever have!

    • The LORD will have the final say concerning Jews (and Gentiles) that blaspheme God over sodomite “marriage”, abortion and the myriad of other social issues that the Left parades as being progressive.

  • B’H. Not all Jewish groups will be applauding today’s decision. Many will most certainly not.

    The headline and article are therefore deceptive.

  • I guess whoever agrees with the ‘supreme opinion’ of the ‘supreme’ Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, is worthy. It makes perfect sense; doesn’t it?

  • michaelgarfinkel

    While Rabbi Schonfeld and the rest “celebrate” homosexual marriage, perhaps they can take a moment to reconsider the wisdom of Leviticus 18:22, which they have dismissed with such enthusiasm: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.

  • Not Jewish Groups, Liberal Groups for Jewish People.

  • This decision is contrary to 3,300 years of Jewish Tradition.

    Yes, Judaism celebrates marriage. Yes Judaism treasures civil liberties and the Torah is the very basis for much of our Western law, but, marriage between a man and a woman has been sacrosanct in Jewish tradition. It has nothing to do with civil liberties of gays, but has everything to do with Jewish survival.

    Marriage between a man and a woman is the fundamental basis for the Jewish Family. Notwithstanding the US Constitution, the Supreme Court has little concern for Jewish survival.

    With the unfortunate rise in divorce even among the religious, but especially alarming among the Conservative and Reform, this decision merely supports the latter’s frightening Intermarriage and divorce rate, respectively.

    Of course, on the basis of the laudatory statements of Messieurs Stern and friends, this does not seem to be a concern, nor is there any likelihood that that trend will go down anytime soon.

    Based on their support for same sex marriage, the prognosis for Jewish survival for their progeny looks bleak.

  • Esther Sarah Evans

    b”H
    Those who find this good will come to feel HASHEM’S wrath in a big way, unless they smarten up and do Tshuva right away.The only torani way of dealing with this issue is to encourage those who have these perverse leanings to seek psychiatric help (even through a rav, i.e. a cheap shrink…)

  • These guys would recognize even a marriage between a man and his goat…
    Torah calls both bestiality and pederasty abominations.
    These un-Jewish organizations of Jews say the opposite.
    What is really Jewish: Torah or these guys?

  • Pamela Deane Chester

    Shame!

  • FRANCIS FALODUN

    Can AJC kindly point to me which portion of TORAH is this abominable sin written and approved by Yeshua?

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      The Torah is not the supreme law of this land. The Constitution is. This decision, which incidentally did NOT legalize gay marriage, something your orthodox ignoramuses with your yeshiva “educations” don’t even understand, deals with LEGAL and not religious issues. Your mindset is identical to that of gentiles of the past who placed every disability on Jews not to mention persecution on the grounds that their understanding of Christianity was also to be the secular law of the state.

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