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  • Protests over Prop. 8 move to evangelicals and The OC

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 10, 2008 | 6:52 pm

    The protests from same-sex marriage advocates that last week snarled traffic in West L.A. migrated over the weekend from the Mormon temple to the Orange County megachurch led by Rick Warren. About a 1,000 protested outside Saddleback and accused Warren of lying about what would...

  • LA Jews voted no on Prop. 8

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 10, 2008 | 3:21 pm

    There is really no surprise here:

    On Proposition 8, Jewish Angelinos voted 78 percent against the ban while only 8 percent supported the ban, according to the survey of 1,200 voters in 50 precincts. The remainder declined to respond. The Jews’ vote against the ban was the highest...

  • Gay-marriage advocates protest outside Mormon temple

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 7, 2008 | 5:57 pm

    There have been some wild protests in Los Angeles since Proposition 8 passed and same-sex marriage was constitutionally outlawed in California. The ballot measure’s passage owed a lot to support from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is why activists stormed the gates of the Mormon temple in West L.A yesterday.

    Renaissance man T.J. Sullivan was there. He’s got a great photo essay, including the one pictured here, at tjsullivanla.com.

  • Two out of state rabbis offer two opinions on anti-gay-marriage Prop. 8

    November 3, 2008 | 2:41 pm

    Op-Ed: Prop 8 goes against God's love for every person

    By Rabbi David Ellenson

    NEW YORK (JTA)--As a rabbi, I would urge all residents of California to vote No on Proposition 8, the state ballot measure that would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.


  • This Week in Shat: Gay marriage smackdown

    By Adam Wills

    October 31, 2008 | 5:43 pm

    First The Shat slammed J.J. Abrams for not including him in the next “Star Trek” film, and now he’s released a video through his Shatner Project claiming he wasn’t invited to George Takei’s wedding (“Star Trek” castmates Nichelle Nicols was maid of honor and Walter...

  • California Jewish Voters Guide: Views on state and local issues split on party lines

    By Tom Tugend

    October 30, 2008 | 2:50 am

    The presidential race is garnering most of the headlines, but there's plenty of emotional energy -- and money -- left to lavish on the 12 statewide propositions on the California ballot, plus various city and county initiatives.

    As in the top of the ballot contest between Sens....
  • Religious “No!” to Proposition 8

    October 28, 2008 | 8:59 pm

    "My Christian friends say homosexuality is a sin. Isn't Judaism based on the same Old Testament bible?  How does our synagogue welcome homosexuals with acceptance and equality?"
    I was substituting for our rabbi in our 10th grade confirmation class.  Homosexuality is not a...
  • Rabbis on anti-gay marriage Prop 8: Yes, no, maybe

    By Tom Tugend

    October 10, 2008 | 12:16 am

    "Prop. 8 is presently the most crucial battle of the culture war here." -- Penny Harrington, legislative director, Concerned Women for America in California

    The arguments and epithets surrounding state Prop. 8 are rising in volume and intensity as the Nov. 4 election draws near, so...

  • Republican Jew takes issue with his party’s politics and a ‘no Jews’ policy

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 9, 2008 | 1:31 pm

    David Benkof, a Ph.D. student in American Jewish history at New York University, belongs to the not-as-tiny-as-you-would-think family of Republican Jews.

    “I believe in free enterprise, traditional family values and people’s basic liberties as guaranteed by the text of the...

  • Suissa on the edge, gay marriage, ice on Mars

    July 3, 2008 | 11:31 am

    Same-Sex Marriages

    In the cover story ("Same Sex Marriage and the Fabric of Society: What Does it All Mean?" June 20), the section, "The End of Morality," is devoted to anti-gay viewpoints (including Dennis Prager, perhaps inserted as deference to some aberrant sense of balance).
  • Gay marriage, Persian tragedy,  Israel @ 60

    June 26, 2008 | 11:31 am

    Elias Eshaghian

    Your story about Elias Eshaghian's memoirs is a worthy reminder of the powerful commitment to education that Persian Jews brought with them to Los Angeles ("Memoir Recalls Educator's Hardships, Success in Iran," June 20).

    As head of a Jewish day school, where a...
  • Big Bay Area Jewish turnout for gay weddings

    June 22, 2008 | 4:53 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)—Three years ago, Sharon Papo and Amber Weiss stood under a chupah in a Santa Cruz redwood grove and recited their vows before 100 relatives and friends.

    They stomped on a glass, stood nose to nose wrapped in a tallit and sipped from a kiddush cup—Jewish rituals...

  • Volume 23, Number 18

    June 19, 2008 | 2:32 pm

  • Gay rabbis getting married—and marrying

    By Amy Klein Religion Editor

    June 17, 2008 | 8:53 pm

    It's almost 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, and the line at the West Hollywood Park snakes around itself, as some 400 people wait to obtain marriage licenses on this first official day that the State of California is issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples (aside from one wedding on...
  • With this ketubah, I thee wed

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    June 17, 2008 | 8:28 pm

    While civil ceremonies abound up and down the California coast, those seeking a Jewish ceremony -- complete with ketubah (the Jewish marriage contract) -- have a few extra stops to make on the road to matrimony.

    There are lots of ketubot to choose from -- both in Los Angeles and...
  • Lesbian couple weds in Jewish ceremony in Beverly Hills

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 16, 2008 | 10:08 pm

    Amid a crush of photographers, a handful of largely drowned-out protesters, and hundreds of supporters tossing rose petals, Diane Olson and Robin Tyler stood under a chuppah on the Beverly Hills Courthouse steps on Monday evening to become one of the first lesbian couples to legally...
  • Valley couple shares bimah for rite of passage

    By Nick Street

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When Lee Larsen and Bob Clarke met in the 1970s at the 8709 Bathhouse -- one of Los Angeles' best known gay social spots of the time -- they never imagined that they would one day share a very different kind of aquatic experience.

    "We were so high after our mikvah," Temple Beth...

  • Battle for gay marriage rights gains Jewish support

    By Julie G Fax

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    For years, Robin Tyler has been trying to wed her partner, Diane Olson. Every Valentine's Day they show up at the courthouse with a wedding cake and their attorney, Gloria Allred, only to be denied a marriage license. Last month, Tyler sat in the plaintiff's chair in a case before...
  • Your Letters

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saving the JCCs

    During the past 50-plus years that I have been involved in Jewish life a number of JCCs throughout the continent have found themselves in financial distress, sometimes for reasons of their own doing and at other times because of circumstances beyond their control...

  • Gay Marriage

    By Julie G Fax

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Just married in San Francisco, Mindy Blum and Pam Postrel returned home to Pasadena to find that their kids had decorated the house in balloons and signs congratulating "Mom and Mommy."

    For days after, Eve, 7, shouted in playground sing-song, "I have married parents! I have married...

  • ‘Til Death Do Us Part

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Stephen Sass and Steven Hochstadt had been partners for 14 years when they decided to fly from their home in Los Angeles to Canada and officially get married. Though the couple had wed in a Reform Jewish ceremony five years earlier, an Ontario court had just upheld a law legalizing...

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