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  • U.S. clerk jailed for gay marriage defiance; dispute goes on

    September 3, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.

    U.S. District Judge David...

  • One question for rabbis who perform same-sex weddings

    By Dennis Prager

    July 15, 2015 | 11:10 am

    For most supporters of same-sex marriage, the most persuasive, and certainly the most frequently offered, argument on behalf of same-sex marriage has been that homosexuals have no choice, that they could no more choose to be heterosexual than a heterosexual can choose to be a...

  • U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Israel and religious hypocrisy

    July 8, 2015 | 3:59 pm

    Last week, along with the enlightened world, we celebrated the dramatic ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court. The cause of same-sex marriage enjoys wide support in the Jewish community, and in Israel the majority of the Jewish population also supports it. Thirteen American-Jewish...

  • Orthodox groups brace for consequences of same-sex marriage ruling

    July 2, 2015 | 10:37 am

    The name that keeps coming up when Orthodox Jewish groups consider the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court decision extending same-sex marriage rights to all states has little to do with Jews or gays.

    Bob Jones University, the private Protestant college in South Carolina, lost...

  • I believe in Torah, halachah and equality

    July 1, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that it is unconstitutional for a state to ban same-sex marriage. The issue still divides America, though the latest Pew Research Center survey numbers say 54 percent of Americans favor gay marriage, and only 36 percent...

  • Male-female marriage remains the ideal

    By Dennis Prager

    July 1, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    Shortly before she was elected attorney general of California, Kamala Harris and I debated same-sex marriage on CNN. At one point, she asked me if I would prefer a child be raised by same-sex parents who have their act together (a paraphrase, but that was the gist) to being raised...

  • From fear to elation: My mother’s love wins

    June 29, 2015 | 5:31 pm

    The phone began ringing early this morning. Friends and family wanted to make sure that I had heard about the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. I was elated. I picked up the phone to call my mom and realized that I could not reach her because she was on...

  • Jewish community reacts to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

    June 26, 2015 | 12:24 pm

    The news Friday that the Supreme Court of the United States had issued a 5-4 ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide prompted both tears and enthusiasm from many in the Los Angeles Jewish community.

    “Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same...

  • Supreme Court rules in favor of gay marriage nationwide

    June 26, 2015 | 9:20 am

    The Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, handing a historic triumph to the American gay rights movement.

    The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution's guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean...

  • British Reform rabbis propose online service to make same-sex shidduchs

    April 9, 2015 | 10:09 am

    Reform rabbis in Great Britain are launching an online matchmaking service aiming to make it easier for gay and lesbian Jews to find Jewish partners.

    The proposed website, which will cater to gay and straight Jews, is the initiative of Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, senior rabbi of...

  • Justice Kennedy key figure as U.S. top court tackles gay marriage

    January 16, 2015 | 1:06 pm

    For nearly two decades, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been building toward this moment in the history of gay legal rights in America.

    In decisions since 1996, Kennedy has broadened the court's view of equality for gays. Now, as the court said on Friday it would...

  • Supreme Court agrees to decide gay marriage question

    January 16, 2015 | 12:53 pm

    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether states can ban gay marriage, delving into a contentious social issue in what will be one of the most anticipated rulings of the year.

    The court, in a brief order, said it would hear cases concerning marriage restrictions in...

  • The same-sex marriage party poopers

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 14, 2014 | 10:42 am

  • Reform rabbis join suit fighting N.C.’s same-sex marriage ban

    June 10, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    The Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis joined a lawsuit against North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriages.

    The lawsuit, which was filed April 28 by the United Church of Christ and several same-sex couples, alleges that North Carolina’s Amendment One and...

  • Massachusetts Jews reflect on a decade of marriage equality

    May 30, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    Ten years ago, shortly after midnight on May 17, 2004, a jubilant Arthur Lipkin and his longtime partner descended the stone steps of Cambridge City Hall clutching a marriage license application.

    It was a historic night of revelry and celebration, as Massachusetts became the...

  • A Sunday call on same-sex marriage

    By Gina Nahai

    August 7, 2013 | 11:15 am

    I was talking with a young woman last Sunday afternoon. She had called me because she read the column I wrote here last month, about Sinai Temple’s decision to perform same-sex weddings. She said she’s gay and came out to her family a year ago. They’re Iranian Jews who care a great...

  • Do men and women matter?

    By Dennis Prager

    July 17, 2013 | 11:48 am

    Most Americans do not realize that, as large as the issue of same-sex marriage is (and it is very large), there is an even larger issue at stake in the same-sex marriage debate.

    That issue is whether gender matters: Do male and female, man and woman, matter?

    In the brief span...

  • The Conservative gay marriage debate

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 2, 2013 | 10:49 am

    On Rosh Hashanah in 1992, Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis stood before his Conservative congregation at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino and declared that despite the words of Leviticus, homosexuality is not an abomination. He argued that the same understanding and compassion Jews...

  • U.S. Supreme Court’s gay marriage rulings set Tel Aviv behind in gay-rights race

    By Simone Wilson

    June 26, 2013 | 10:45 am

    As you best know by now, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt the LGBT community — and the civil-rights movement in general — two super-solids in a row this morning. First, our good justices struck down the hideous Defense of Marriage Act nationwide, and, five minutes later, they trashed...

  • Time to Celebrate, Then Press Forward

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 26, 2013 | 9:00 am

    As you’ve most likely heard (many times) by now, this morning the Supreme Court announced its rulings on two key cases regarding marriage equality: DOMA, the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” was struck down, and the California court ruling overturning Proposition 8, which...

  • Jewish groups ready to weigh in as Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage

    December 11, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    With public acceptance of same-sex marriage growing, liberal Jewish groups are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that they have long opposed.

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases related to same-sex marriage: an appeal of a...

  • If Romney wins: Five things every Jew should know about Mormonism

    By Mark Paredes

    October 19, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    1. Devout Mormons can be found all across the political spectrum.

    The Mormon Church doesn’t endorse candidates or political parties, and although most American Mormons are Republicans, a Mormon Democrat has served as the Senate Majority Leader for the last five years. Owing...

  • Jewish groups back Obama on gay marriage

    May 9, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    Jewish leaders praised President Barack Obama’s statement that he personally supports gay marriage.

    “I am pleased that the President has made a decisive statement in support of marriage equality,” said National Jewish Democratic Council chair Marc R. Stanley in an emailed...

  • California gay marriage ban overturned, appeal planned

    February 7, 2012 | 11:11 am

    A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday found California’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional in a case that is likely to lead to a showdown on the issue in the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Proponents of the ban said they would appeal the ruling, and the Protect Marriage coalition that sponsored the...

  • Barney Frank to wed same-sex partner in Mass.

    January 26, 2012 | 11:26 am

    Barney Frank, a 16-term U.S. congressman from Massachusetts, plans to marry his partner, his office said on Thursday.

    Frank, 71, who announced his decision to retirement from the House of Representatives late last year, will marry partner Jim Ready in a ceremony in Massachusetts,...

  • Proposition 8 and ‘the will of the people’—an historical perspective

    November 26, 2008 | 7:05 pm

    Californians are acutely aware that to many political observers, our initiative and referendum process remains a mystery at best and a menace to democracy at worst.

    Take the hard-fought battle over a proposed discriminatory amendment to our state Constitution. It has been called the...

  • It can’t happen here

    By Rob Eshman

    November 12, 2008 | 12:29 am

    A coalition of black and Mormon leaders have begun laying the groundwork for a 2012 California ballot initiative that would ban Jews from marrying Jews.

    Flush from the passage of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, the leaders say they want to extend the ban to...

  • 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....
  • 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...