Opinion: Religious laws block gay marriage In Israel

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In a commentary, author Susan Weiss argues:

In Israel, love is not love because love is circumscribed by Israeli marriage and divorce laws. Those laws incorporate religious kinship rules and enforce them on Israeli citizens in accordance with their respective religious communities, but irrespective of their religious beliefs or consciences. Since all religious traditions define marriage as taking place between a man and a woman, Israel prohibits all gay couples in Israel from marrying. Furthermore, under Torah Law, which is the religious rule applicable to Israeli Jews, male homosexuality is an “abomination.” As it is written: “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.” (Lev. 18:3.) Click here to read the commentary.

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Put political correctness aside and see it for what it is.

Same-sex marriage is not a civil rights issue. Rather it ‘s a “negation of sexual difference.”

So argues Gilles Bernheim, the chief rabbi of France, in an article published at FirstThing.com.

Bernheim says we often hear that homosexuals are victims of discrimination and should have the the right to marry, the same as heterosexuals. But, he argues, not everyone who loves another has the right to be married. As example, he says, a man cannot marry a woman who is already married, even if they love one another.

“Likewise,,” he writes, “a woman cannot be married to two men on the grounds that she loves both of them and that both want to be her husband.”

The argument that marriage is for everyone, Bernheim opines,”is only a slogan.”