In Albany, A Scuffle Over Marriage Equality

If you were to ask the question “Who is a Jew?” to some ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrating against marriage equality yesterday in the New York state capitol, their answer would definitively be “Not Sharon Kleinbaum.”

In a video made yesterday by The Times Union (the newspaper serving the Albany region) and posted today on the gay website Towleroad.com, the ultra-Orthodox protesters can be seen muscling the pro-marriage equality sign-toting lesbian senior rabbi of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (New York’s LGBT synagogue) out of a photo-op with State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. Diaz is a Pentecostal minister who strongly opposes marriage equality.

It appears that when Kleinbaum put her hand on the shoulder of one of the black-clad, bearded protesters, he jerked away and he and the man standing next to him began either spitting on her or cursing her. A moment later, a man can be heard shouting, “You’re not a Jew! You’re not a Jew!” to the rabbi and into the camera.

Kleinbaum has since issued the following statement about the incident:

Watch the Times Union Video:

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