A Jewish Stance on Homosexuality and the Legalization of Gay Marriage

Over the course of the more than three thousand year history of our nation, many of our rituals, laws and beliefs have been maligned, misrepresented and marginalized by the Gentiles and their cultures. Faith in a Single, Infinite and Invisible Creator was a radical idea; the notion that the world had a beginning was ridiculed sardonically; circumcision was derided as mutilation and banned on pain of death; Resurrection and the Afterlife labeled as nonsense; the Talmud as hateful. The reality of our religion being in conflict with the prevailing thought and practice of society at large is hardly a new phenomenon.

The global push to legalize gay marriage and normalize and mainstream homosexuality has created a new area of conflict, and raised important questions for Torah observant Jews: How do we reconcile the Torah’s strict restrictions on what society has adopted as normal and natural? Is it fair for the Jewish courts to impose such strict and severe punishment for what may be argued as entirely innocuous? Can we be in favor of the legislation legalizing gay marriage despite personal moral opposition? What do we say to people who have same-sex inclinations and may feel like the Almighty gave them an impossible commandment?