Orthodox rabbis protest gay marriage, calling it ‘desecration of Torah values’
Petition – signed by more than 100 rabbis – follows recent same-sex marriage officiated by Orthodox-ordained rabbi and longtime gay rights activist Steven Greenberg.
By Naomi Zeveloff
More than 100 Orthodox rabbis have signed onto a statement in opposition to same sex weddings, saying that gay marriage is a “desecration of Torah values.”
“We, as rabbis from a broad spectrum of the Orthodox community around the world, wish to correct the false impression that an Orthodox-approved same-gender wedding took place,” the statement, which was published in full on the Algemeiner news web site earlier this week, read. “By definition, a union that is not sanctioned by Torah law is not an Orthodox wedding, and by definition a person who conducts such a ceremony is not an Orthodox rabbi.”
The statement comes more than a year after the release of the “Statement of Principles,” a landmark document declaring that gay individuals in the Orthodox community should be treated with dignity and respect. The document affirmed heterosexual marriage as the “sole legitimate outlet for human sexual expression,” but said that “embarrassing, harassing, or demeaning someone with a homosexual orientation or same-sex attraction is a violation of Torah prohibitions that embody the deepest values of Judaism.” It was signed by nearly 200 Orthodox rabbis and prominent members of the Orthodox community.