As Conservative rabbis have embraced the practice of performing LGBTQ marriage, it appears the Modern Orthodox movement may be next.
LGBTQ+ rights advocates immediately condemned the statement, including Jewish LGBTQ+ thought leaders, activists, and rabbis.
“A wedding day should be a joyous day for loving companions, as liturgy connotes, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Avram Mlotek wrote.
“We are her parents as much as your children are yours. And to have that questioned is unsettling.”
After having a child, non-birth parents in same-sex couples must legally adopt their own children. The experience is excruciating and costly.
In a recent lawsuit, a three-judge panel ordered the Interior Ministry to issue the baby a birth certificate bearing the name of both fathers.
“We are good enough to serve the country, but not to be parents,” Itzik Shmuli said. “It’s an insult I cannot describe.”
Why are we so afraid to say something so obvious out loud? How will our children know how important this is if we are too afraid to say it?
Same-sex marriage and reproductive rights are anything but elite concerns.
A synagogue in Buenos Aires will host the first official same-sex Jewish marriage held in a synagogue in Latin America.