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May 10, 2012 1:25 pm

Mixed Response from Jewish Groups to Obama’s Gay Marriage Endorsement

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President Barack Obama release of a public statement in support of the legalization of gay marriage in the U.S has prompted responses from a variety of American Jewish groups. Obama said, “At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

The Orthodox Union (OU) said it is “disappointed by (the) statement by President Obama endorsing legal recognition of same sex marriage. Jewish law is unequivocal in opposing same sex relationships.” However, the OU thanked Obama for “acknowledging that that in states where same sex relationships are legally recognized, such laws must carefully address and protect the religious liberties of dissenting individuals and institutions.”

National Jewish Democratic Council (JNDC) chair Marc R. Stanley said, “I am pleased that the President has made a decisive statement in support of marriage equality…President Obama has admirably continued to demonstrate the values of tikkun olam in his work to make America a better place for all Americans.”

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  • A. The bible says nothing about Same-Sex Marriage!
    B. No one asked your opinion on this issue. Gay Marriage is a civil right, not a religious right in the United States of America! No one asked you to sanction this!
    C. The president did not say that every church, shul and mosk should be mandated to perform Same-Sex Marriages!
    D. Maybe you should worry more about getting rid of Get (divorce document), the Jewish divorce procedure. This procedure is sexist and unfair to Jewish Women. To allow this to still be going on is a SHONDA! “must be presented by a husband to his wife to effect their divorce”. If a husband does not give the woman a Get, she is stuck and cannot marry anyone else. She is stuck in the marriage until he dies or gives her a this divorce document! Really?
    The OU has the same effectiveness at the United Nations does on the world! Wake up..

  • Sames sex unions violate God’s Word: Genesis 1:27-28; 2:22-24;Romans 1:24 – 27. President Obama’s stance on this issue is political because of the Presidential election. God’s Word supercedes the President’s stand on this issue of relationships.

    • Edward H

      Then those who wish to adhere to Biblical Law are free not to get married to someone of the same sex. However, in a free country like ours, it is unconstitutional to deny rights to one select group of people. Also do not forget the Establishment clause of the Constitution “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. This extends to state constitutions as a ban on Same Sex Marriage is an endorsement of Judeo-Christianity.

    • salvage

      Well when your god goes on TV and says so maybe we’ll pay it attention until then we’ll just stick with reality and the law.