A Conservative Rabbi Makes the Case for Marriage Equality

Written by scott on March 19th, 2013

Jewish Star of DavidI’m a rabbi, so I support marriage equality.

My support of marriage equality is an expression of my faith. It arises from fundamental principles found in the Hebrew Bible and the rabbinic tradition, among them, that each human being is made in the divine image, that affording full dignity to every person is a religious obligation, and that we are commanded to pursue social justice. It arises from the Biblical injunction that it is “not good” for a person to be alone, and that the opportunity to create a family is an essential aspect of our humanity, and of our obligation to express, as fully as possible, the image of God reflected within.

Of course, not everything we do reflects the divine, and not every relationship should be sanctified as a marriage. Where a relationship is abusive, unhealthy or demeaning – or where love and trust are absent – it would be a travesty to sanctify that relationship in the name of God. But where two people love each other, support and nurture each other’s growth and well-being, and seek through marriage to publicly acknowledge and sanctify their mutual commitment and the presence of God within their relationship – to my mind it is a travesty to withhold that acknowledgment and sanctification. Gender simply has nothing to do with it.

Authored By Jan Urbach – See the Full Story at The Washington Post


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. MK says:

    Just a note on Jewish denominations. The Conservative movement was originally a counter-reformation, which is why it is called “Conservative.” Though the modern version is very much liberal and reformed. They are very pro-gay and pro-female ordination.

  2. Vasi says:

    MK, it’s true that Conservative Judaism isn’t very small-c conservative, but I still wouldn’t consider it “very pro-gay”. The movement’s hierarchy currently endorses a range of opinions, varying from “gays are alright, gay marriage is alright, just don’t have anal sex” to “gay people are diseased and should get treatment to change their orientation”. American congregations tend towards the more-accepting side, and the rest of the world less so.

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