Retract your statement opposing same gender marriage
  • Petitioned National Council of Young Israel

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National Council of Young Israel

Retract your statement opposing same gender marriage

    1. Jordana Rothschild
    2. Petition by

      Jordana Rothschild

      Plainview, NY

On May 14, 2012, the National Council of Young Israel made a statement:

 "As members of a community that abides by the precepts of the Torah, we are deeply disappointed that a growing number of prominent American leaders, including President Obama, have expressed support for same gender marriage.  As a national organization dedicated to Torah values and guided by Jewish law, the National Council of Young Israel is diametrically opposed to same gender marriage, which is a concept that is antithetical to the religious principles that we live by.  As firm believers that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman, we simply cannot accept a newfound social position that alters the value, definition, and sanctity of marriage as set forth in the Torah, which has guided us for thousands of years." 

However, we, the members of the National Council of Young Israel, do not believe that the religious principles that we live by should be imposed on Americans who do not share those religious principles.

As members of a religion that has been persecuted in every country or society in which we've ever lived, we urge our leaders and representatives to stop encouraging politicians to make decisions based on religious precepts.

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    1. NCYI has heard us!

      Jordana Rothschild
      Petition Organizer

      The NCYI board discussed our petition in their last board meeting... stay tuned for more information!

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    3. Reached 100 signatures
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      Jordana Rothschild
      Petition Organizer

      The board of the National Council of Young Israel does not believe that there are very many people who disagree with their statement on same gender marriage. Please spread the word, and prove them wrong!!

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    • shoshana scholem TRUMBULL, CT
      • over 2 years ago

      I don't believe that the national council of young Israel should be commenting on political statements made about rights other people should or should not have. As jews we have our own very specific laws that govern what we consider to be known as marriage and should not be concerned with what the government decided should legally fall into that category. Imagine if the government decided that the laws jews uphold around marriage were unethical and needed to be changed. As a woman recently divorced I needed a religious divorce which could only be provided by my husband and i learned i can never marry a cohen. Do you want to impose those laws on people that practice other religions as well? Where do we draw the line? Gays should be entitled to the same rights as everyone else. A marriage awarded by the state would give them rights to inherit from each other, to make medical decisions for each other, and to file taxes together. Call it what you want in your religious institutions. call it a civil union if it makes you feel better. You don't recognize marriage and divorce awarded by the state anyway. I needed to pay seporately for my religious marriage and my religious divorce. There are enough things going on in the political world that do affect us, lets try to focus on those things.

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    • Steve Greenberg CINCINNATI, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Same-gender marriage is supported or rejected by different religious denominations. The government cannot be asked to enshrine any one religious community's principles into law. To do so is a violation of the establishment clause, which has made robust Jewish life in America possible. Retract the statement in favor of the separation of church and state.

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    • Sarah Gross PLAINVIEW, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a member of a Young Israel, and am disturbed at NCYI's attempted political interference for what is clearly a religious issue. This country was founded on the principle of the Separation of Church and State.

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    • rebecca brinkhorst BRENTWOOD, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      Homophobia is hatred, and hatred is against all your god's laws. Stop using his name to justify your ignorance.

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    • Dana Friedman NEW YORK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      There is plenty of religious doctrine to define what Jewish marriage is. It's no threat to Klal Yisrael if two people of the same (or similar) gender get married if they don't purport to be doing so as Orthodox Jews in violation of halacha. So why not just stay out of civil marriage, if we don't abide by them anyway?

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