Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event
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.
Comments are closed.
Following Rockets, Israel Renewing Safety Precautions for Civilians
6:01pm Eshkol 5:55pm Beer Sheva – Barrage 5:54pm Beer Sheva – Barrage & Shaar HaNegev too 17:42 pm Ashkelon and surrounds 16:39 pm Kerem Shalom 16:30 pm Gaza Belt communities (they are very focused on these people) 16:29 pm Gaza Belt communities (again!) 16:21 pm Gaza Belt communities 15:52 pm Segev Shalom and Bnei Shimon […]
Israel’s Security Cabinet is meeting in a marathon session to decide the next step in Operation Protective Edge.
Signs that Islamic State (ISIS – Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) terrorists have arrived in Egypt have appeared in the Sinai Peninsula.
TEL AVIV – The United Nations probe into the Gaza conflict hasn’t even begun, but Israel already is convinced it won’t end well. In a resolution adopted by a vote of 29-1 with 17 abstentions, the UN Human Rights Council moved last month to establish a commission of inquiry “to investigate all violations of international […]
Israelis may have to blame Qatar for the current round of lethal rocket fire, if a report published in Arab media is true.
So imagine, you’re working in the field harvesting cucumbers (or whatever is in season right now) and suddenly the siren goes off – Hamas is shooting rockets at you.
Another miracle for the Jews in Israel — this time in Ashkelon, where a missile exploded directly on a house but hurt no one.
An international media outlet has caught Britain’s Consul-General to Jerusalem, Alastair McPhail in a photo wearing the PA logo scarf.
Sapir College in southern Israel has canceled classes and exams for the day due to resumption of rocket fire from Gaza.
Israeli pilots attacked a terror cell in Zeitoun, Gaza on Wednesday morning. One terrorist was killed and five were injured.
Longshoremen pulled a fast on anti-Israel picketers and are unloading the Zim ship that was blocked from unloading last week.
Deif may, or may not, have escaped the bombing raid. His wife, at least one of them, was killed. Is Haniyeh next?
One by one, slowly but surely, the State Dept.is waking up.
Islamic State allegedly beheaded one American journalist, has threatened another with the same fate.
Home of man believed to be kidnapper, murderer of Our Boys about to be demolished.
Hamas deported and threatened journalists from covering its terrorist activities in Gaza.
Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nuri Al-Maliki, has agreed to step down and to support the designated new leader.
The Wiesenthal Center detailed for Ban Ki Moon Hamas’s as well as the UN’s grievous wrongs in Gaza.
“My Zionism” is a project to energize American youth about Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people.
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: