web analytics
October 26, 2014 / 2 Heshvan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



OU Disagrees With But Respects Supreme Ct’s Rejection of Defense of Marriage Act

The United States Supreme Court struck down a key part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, instructing that gay couples married in states where it is legal must receive the same federal health, tax, Social Security and other benefits that heterosexual couples receive.

In other words, where a state has passed a law that gay marriage is legal, gay couples residing in those states are entitled to equal treatment.  The Court declined to state, however, that gay couples have the fundamental right to marry wherever they live.

The Court’s opinion, Windsor v. United States, was delivered on Wednesday, June 25.

The leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Union issued a statement in response to the ruling by the United States Supreme Court rejecting as unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.

we reiterate the historical position of the Jewish faith, enunciated unequivocally in our Bible, Talmud and Codes, which forbids homosexual relationships and condemns the institutionalization of such relationships as marriages. Our religion is emphatic in defining marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. Our beliefs in this regard are unalterable. At the same time, we note that Judaism teaches respect for others and we condemn discrimination against individuals.

We are grateful that we live in a democratic society, in which all religions are free to express their opinions about social issues and to advocate vigorously for those opinions.

While the OU leadership believes that its conception of morality, which has long been embraced in what is widely known as the Judeo-Christian ethic, has long been the predominant view regarding what constitutes marriage, they recognized that no religion has the right to dictate its views and demand that those views be accepted by everyone.

Ultimately, decisions on social policy remain with the democratic process, and today the process has spoken and we accord the process and its result the utmost respect.

 

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

12 Responses to “OU Disagrees With But Respects Supreme Ct’s Rejection of Defense of Marriage Act”

  1. John Keytack says:

    What is this? How can we have it both ways? They disagree with their decision, but they respect it? What is this…a political tap dance? I saw earlier today that the Reform congregations embraced the decision. I am sick and tired of everyone trying to be “politically correct!” My opinion, your opinion, or public opinion means nothing. What about the Law? Are we all just supposed to pick and choose what we will observe?

  2. Judaism should condemn the Supreme Court decision, there is no way in the bible to compromise God’s principle.

  3. Miriam Goodman says:

    There is nothing to respect OU. This is a terrible ruling. Goes to show how low America's morality really is…

  4. Sarah Graber Nehrer says:

    All this ruling does is forbid the federal government from not recognizing marriages allowed by the states. It doesn't dictate that all states must legalize such marriages. It's basically a ruling in favor of less involvement of the federal government and more power to individual states.

  5. Miriam Goodman says:

    Sarah Graber Nehrer I realize this..only the states that allow gay marriage are affected by this ruling…it is a terrible ruling for those states…and OU should say so…

  6. Sarah Graber Nehrer says:

    How is it terrible for those states? They already made such a marriage legal.

  7. Miriam Goodman says:

    Can states cancel laws Sarah Graber Nehrer?

  8. Torah condemns toeiva behavior and rabanim have no business changing H's rules. What a messup. Bootlickers.

  9. I was listening to a talk show in the US. The host asked what's next – father-daughter marriage? Mother-son? siblings? me and my dog? Where does it end?

  10. Sarah Graber Nehrer says:

    This is a good perspective on the subject, IMO: http://haemtza.blogspot.co.il/2013/06/the-supreme-court-decision-on-doma.html?spref=fb

  11. Sarah Graber Nehrer says:

    Miriam Goodman, states can change laws, not exactly cancel them.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Platform Attack Jerusalem Light Rail
Close Up Video of Jerusalem Light Rail Terror Attack [video]
Latest News Stories
Platform Attack Jerusalem Light Rail

A platform camera on the Jerusalem Light Rail caught the attack on camera from another angle.

The president of the University de Liege in Belgium condemned a planned anti-Semitic event.

Freedom of speech does not protect “falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater.” – U.S. Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1919.

Arab stone throwers broke more windows on the Jerusalem Light Rail.

The Conflict Kitchen's main course in anti-Zionism.

Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism come in 57 varieties. Just ask Heinz.

Residents of Jerusalem’s Maaleh HaZeitim neighborhood, who have been under regular attack by Arab rioters, filmed a police car running away from an Arab mob last night in Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.

Launching fireworks at police, civilians and homes has turned into the weapon of choice for Jerusalem Arabs in their latest round of rioting.

Hamas test launched 2 rockets this morning.

Israel’s ambassador to Jordan suggested that King Abdullah’s recent rants against Israel stems from pressure by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt.

On Saturday, fighting between the Lebanon Army and ISIS-affiliated terrorists in the Lebanese city of Tripoli left at least 14 dead and dozens wounded.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Liberman (L) speaks with Israel’s Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel during a cornerstone laying ceremony for a new Synagogue in the community of Nokdim in Eastern Gush Etzion, on October 23, 2014. Nokdim is Liberman’s home town. This is what we think they spoke about.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency Saturday after terrorists carried out a deadly assault in the northern Sinai, killing 33 Egyptian troops. Al-Sisi charged that “this operation had a foreign fund to execute” he attack against the Egyptian army… to break the back of Egypt and Egyptians.” A car bomb […]

Arab youth are trying to spark a widespread intifada but so far have failed.

Jewish headstones and monuments were smashed, broken and knocked over. Firebombs were thrown into the cemetery.

The Galil Medical Center has treated 408 wounded Syrians to date.

At least 14 people have been killed in Tripoli battles.

India has chosen to purchase Israel’s Spike anti-tank missiles after rejecting a competing offer for US Lockheed Martin’s Javelin missiles.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Israel's Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon, visiting the family of  IDF Golani Brigade soldier St.-Sgt. Oron Shaul in the northern village of Poria on August 10, 2014. Shaul was killed by Hamas in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.

Kerry snubs Ya’alon, but the Israeli D.M. gets great press coverage in leading U.S. newspaper.

Zale Thompson, 32-year-old Muslim convert, attacked New York police officers with an axe on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.

Terrorist attack in NYC and in Canada came after ISIS urged Muslims in the West to strike police and soldiers.

J Street U blames Jews buying homes in Jerusalem for triggering Hamas terrorist’s murderous rampage.

Boko Haram kidnapped an additional 20 Nigerian girls.

Arab media describes Hamas vehicular terrorist attack as ‘Palestinian ‘shot dead’ by Israeli police.’

Please see this article for the latest update. Updates as soon as available. UPDATE 4, 6:42 p.m. Israel Time: Official word from Superintendent Micky Rosenfeld, Israel Police Foreign Press Spokesman is that nine people were injured by a vehicle which struck people at the light rail station. The shots people heard were ones fired at the […]

Visitors from Ebola-stricken West African nations will be required to enter the U.S. from one of only five airports.

Israel’s UN ambassador refuted secretary-general’s hackneyed and false understanding of instability in the Middle East.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ou-disagrees-with-but-respects-supreme-cts-rejection-of-defense-of-marriage-act/2013/06/27/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: