Our mission is to give a voice to the members of the Orthodox Jewish community who are disappointed by the Orthodox Union and National Council of Young Israel's condemnation of President Obama's endorsement of same-sex civil marriage.
Please sign this petition to have your name added to a public list of Orthodox Jews who are disappointed by the OU and NCYI's condemnation of President Obama's endorsement.
Please add your age and religious affiliation in your city so that it is listed on the petition.
We plan to send this list of names to the OU and NCYI and possibly publish it in the Jewish media.
OU's statement: http://www.ou.org/general_article/ou_disapointed_by_president_obamas_endorsement_of_same_sex_marriage
NCYI's statement: http://www.youngisrael.org/pages/index.cfm/Young-Israel-Statement-On-Same-Gender-Marriage
We are writing to express our concern and frustration with the Orthodox Union and National Council of Young Israel's condemnation of President Obama's endorsement of same-sex civil marriage. As Orthodox Jews, we benefit from the work of these institutions and share their commitment to Halacha (Jewish Law). However, we remind the OU and NCYI that same-sex civil marriage is a legal and not a religious issue. We feel, therefore, that the statements made by these institutions were unnecessary and do not represent the views of a significant portion of their constituencies.
As Orthodox Jews, we are grateful to live in a country where a strong separation of Church and State not only allows us the freedom to practice our religion, but also protects all American citizens from the establishment of any religion and the forced adoption of religious practices and beliefs.
In the spirit of that freedom, same-sex civil marriage would provide access to civil rights to a minority community that is currently denied equal protection under the law. We are disappointed that the leadership of Orthodox Judaism has chosen to make statements that favor intolerance and oppose extending equal civil rights to all American citizens because of our religious beliefs, when we rely on civil rights in order to live freely as Jews in the United States.