Thursday, July 12, 2007 I was asked the following question:
Why do the different denominations of Judaism hold conflicting
beliefs about homosexuality and same-sex marriage?
was my response:
Orthodox, or traditional Judaism, basically, follows the
letter of the "law"...that it is a "sin" to both spill one's seed and to "lay
with a man as you would a woman". If both those acts are seen as sinful, then
marriage resulting out of that sin is totally unacceptable. Judaism allows for
the feelings harbored by a homosexual but denounces as sinful when they are
acted upon. Gays and lesbians who were raised in the orthodox tradition,
needless to say, have the most difficulty with these "laws".
Conservative Judaism, as it does in most instances, allows for a broader
interpretation of these "laws", basically accepts homosexual actions as
acceptable but may or may not have an issue with same-sex marriages,
Reform is far more accepting of individual "freedoms" and, consequently, has no
issues at all or, very few,
you have questions about a personal matter, or jewish practices
and customs, you can submit them to me by e-mail.
I answer all queries directly, or through this column, when the
question is informative to our community.
you for your kind attention and this opportunity to share with you,
Rabbi Dan S. Wiko
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