Posted by Naomi Goldberg
The Jewish Standard, a Jewish newspaper in New Jersey, has announced that it will no longer include same-sex unions in the celebrations page - after publishing just one. You can read the note from the editor here.
The newspaper cites “pain and consternation” from traditional/Orthodox communities. You can read more about the decision and its backlash here.
While I’m angered by this decision, I’m heartened by the comments section. It is worth reading the comments section - the vast majority of posters are outraged at this decision.
Oh, and, just in case you’re wondering, same-sex unions (civil unions) are actually legal in New Jersey.
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October 3, 2010 | 3:02 am
Posted by Maital Guttman
Haaretz reports that approximately 20% of adoptions in Israel are by same-sex couples, up 50% from 2008. The longer I am in Israel, the more fascinated I become with the way in which the country is dealing with homosexuality on a policy level. There seems to be a shift recently in accepting same-sex couples and their rights to adopt children, as these adoptions have increased by 50% since 2008:
“Social Affairs Minister Isaac Herzog has been reforming his ministry’s policies toward adoptions by same-sex couples. Under the new policies, these adoptions are be judged based on the interests of the child, not in light of the parents’ sexual orientation.”
Read the entire article here: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/adoptions-by-same-sex-couples-single-parents-see-uptick-1.314661