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  • Catholic priest comes out, supports gay marriage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 8, 2008 | 3:36 pm

    The Rev. Geoffrey Farrow, a Fresno priest, used the pulpit Sunday to speak out against the Catholic Church’s support of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that would amend the state constitution to forbid gay marriage.

    “Farrow said during the Mass that parishioners had...

  • Gay shul’s blessing for anonymous sex *

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 18, 2008 | 1:55 pm

    Oh my. JTA has a shocking feature about a new blessing a gay synagogue in San Francisco has developed for anonymous sex:

    Among the most innovative—and controversial—aspects of the siddur soon to be released by San Francisco’s main gay synagogue is a prayer for “unexpected intimacy.”...

  • Colson, gay marriage and ‘soft despotism’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 25, 2008 | 3:23 pm

    For those who can’t enough of the Christian victimization shtick, Chuck Colson, President Nixon’s chief counsel who found God in prison, says gay marriage (“marriage,” he calls it) is an act of “soft despotism.”

  • Israel’s growing community of Orthodox lesbians

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 20, 2008 | 6:54 pm

    I’m so behind on The Jewish Journal’s cover story for this week that I will certainly, and hopelessly, be writing all night. I blame blogging, which has been sapping my time lately. But I just can’t stay mad at Google Reader and all the wonderful stories it brings me, and, really, I...

  • Gay man sues Bible publishers

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 11, 2008 | 10:21 am

    Every few months, some joker decides they’re going to sue God. More power to the plaintiff—they’ll need it—because this case, really any case, is hopeless.

  • Evangelical on same-sex marriage: Quoting Scripture not enough

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 2, 2008 | 5:09 pm

    Opening the gate to gay marriages in California was unavoidably as much a religious story as it was a legal one.

    But just how religious folk feel about same-sex marriage, well, as this LA Times article demonstrates, that depends on who’s being asked:

    Richard Mouw


  • Schism grows in Anglican Communion

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 29, 2008 | 1:03 pm

    A long time coming, Anglican conservatives—we call them Episcopalians in the States—voted today for a mini-split from the Anglican Communion. Technically, they will remain within the church, but will not submit to the authority of a council of African bishops and not the Archbishop...

  • Protesting gay marriage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 23, 2008 | 1:24 am

    Gay marriage in California asked to be delayed
    Look beyond the kissing dudes to the folks protesting the ruling of California’s Supreme Court regarding same-sex marriage. The message reminds me of another guy nobody takes seriously.

    By the way, it was nice to see Mollie at GetReligion shares my frustration with the poorly reported, knee-jerk news features about how Christians were struggling with and celebrating the court’s decision.

  • 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...

  • Conservative seminary in Israel pushes pro-gay event off campus

    By Ben Harris

    March 26, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In a sign of continuing friction among Conservative Jews over the issue of homosexuality, a ceremony in Jerusalem to mark the first anniversary of the decision to admit gays to the Jewish Theological Seminary was held away from the campus of the movement's main educational...
  • Jews should oppose Senator Craig’s ouster

    By Daniel Hemel

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Long before Sen. Larry Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, American Jewish groups harbored serious doubts about the Idaho Republican. In June 1990, when Craig, then a congressman, was running for an open Senate seat, the Jerusalem Post bemoaned his "miserable" record on...
  • Law Committee’s gay ruling stepped outside Halacha

    By Rabbi Joel Roth

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards last week validated three responsa, or teshuvot, on the general subject of homosexuality.

    In fact, the primary technical issue was the Jewish legal status of sex between members of the same gender. From the answers...

  • Second-class Conservative citizens

    By Jeff Bernhardt

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When I first read that there would be a vote by the Conservative movement's Committee on Law and Standards regarding homosexuality and Jewish law, I was of course interested.

    I'm a gay man, and I have had both personal and professional ties to the Conservative movement since I was...

  • Why the Conservative movement endorsed gays

    By Amy Klein

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Last week, the Conservative movement paved the way for ordination of gay rabbis and the performance of commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples. But the decisions that came out of the two-day meeting of the Rabbinical Assembly's Law Committee -- the advisory body for the movement...
  • Sex and God

    By Rob Eshman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Libido. Can't live with it, can't live without it.

    Of the three major monotheistic traditions, Judaism has arguably done the most admirable job of micromanaging our lust. Our tradition teaches us that while the sex drive can wreck us, it can also, if channeled correctly, lead to...

  • Conservative rabbis open doors to gays, sort of

    By Ben Harris

    December 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (JTA) -- By the time leading Conservative rabbis convened to discuss the movement's approach to homosexuality, talk already had turned to the day after.

    With the endorsement Wednesday of three conflicting teshuvot, or halachic responsa, by the movement's...

  • Could Pride rally tension put gay issues on Israel’s agenda?

    By Dina Kraft

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Gay issues have never been at the forefront of Israeli domestic politics -- unlike in the United States -- but some wonder if that will change after ultra-Orthodox protesters used violence to prevent a gay pride parade. Confrontations with police and threats of worse violence to...
  • Same-sex unions roil Jews in former Soviet Union

    By Vladimir Matveyev

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The resignation of a longtime leader of one of the largest Reform congregations in Ukraine has thrown the spotlight on a bitter controversy over homosexuality within the post-Soviet Reform movement.
    Boris Kapustin, 70, founder and chairman of the Reform congregation in the Crimean...
  • Your Letters

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Gays and Judaism

    Steve Greenberg may be many things, but Orthodox is not one of them ("Gay Orthodox Rabbi Peels Back His Life," May 7).

    It is worse than presumptuous to tell people how to define themselves. Orthodox Jews believe in -- and have always believed in -- a binding set...

  • Producer Channels

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Gays weren't even on the radar in Ilene Chaiken's Jewish community in Philadelphia back in the 1960s.

    The creator of Showtime's lesbian drama, "The L Word," grew up in a home of "good liberal Jews" and belonged to a Reform temple.

    "But I think the closest one ever came to...

  • Your Letters

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Holy Boundaries

    In discussing the ordination of homosexuals, [Rabbi] Debra Orenstein's essay ("Holy Boundaries," April 25) goes to the core of Conservative Judaism. As Orenstein notes, both the biblical and the post-biblical sources (until the late 20th century) are uniformly and...

  • Flamboyant Ballet

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Boris Eifman's ballet, "Tchaikovsky: The Mystery of Life and Death," premiered in Moscow in 1993, angry picketers surrounded the concert hall.

    "They stood with a banner that read, 'Stay away from our Tchaikovsky,'" said Eifman, whose ballet debuts at the Orange County...

  • Holy Boundaries

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion includes the verse: "Do not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination" (Leviticus 18:22).

    The subject is particularly at issue because the Conservative movement is now revisiting Jewish laws around homosexuality and the ordination of openly gay...

  • Dissembling Before G-d

    By Rabbi Avi Shafran

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Orthodox Jewish homosexuals are the subject of a documentary film that achieved darlinghood at a number of film festivals over the past year and has now been similarly well-received at its New York debut. Many audiences and reviewers have found "Trembling Before G-d's" portrayal of...

  • Neglected History

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Heinz Dormer is almost 90 years old, but his faded blue eyes take on a terrified, faraway look as he remembers an awful place called "the singing forest." As a young man, he was arrested under the Nazi's anti-gay laws and incarcerated in a camp where homosexuals were tortured in a...

  • The Stealth Politics of Dr. Laura

    By Sarah Blustain

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    She's mean, she's popular. And she's more political than her shocked listeners realize. Pat Buchanan has floated her name for running mate. Gay activists have made her a target in the battle for marriage rights. And Christian lobbyists and proselytizers are carrying her flag high.


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