(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) A panel of New York rabbis issued a sweeping ruling Wednesday to cut off support for politicians who promote what they feel is the “normalizing the sin of homosexuality”.
In a strongly worded decision, some of the most prominent Orthodox rabbis in the State advised their communities to "no longer continue to support or elect leaders who have publicly showed their approval for giluyai arayos [immoral unions]. No money, no public displays of approval, and no votes should be given to politicians who have made documented, public statements or who have voted in favor of laws that seek to normalize the[se] forbidden relationships."
The ruling follows December’s vote in the New York State Senate regarding same sex marriage, which the rabbis called "an open miracle," where "[God] thwarted the will of nearly every top elected leader of the state."
Many of the rabbis had openly criticized the Senate for attempting to redefine the language of marriage which they strictly believe is a “legalized union between a man and a woman for the purpose of forming a family.”
“No government has the power to create meaning by bestowing new definitions to behaviors that are abhorrent to the Torah," they said.
The voting down of legislation which would have legalized same-sex unions came as a surprise to many, including New York Governor David A. Patterson who had been a strong supporter. All 30 of the Republican Senators voted against the measure.
One of the New York Senators who voted in favor of the measure was Senator Liz Krueger (D) of Manhattan.
“I’m a woman and a Jew and so I know about discrimination,” she said when she addressed the Senate during the same sex-marriage debate. “While I was pleased that the Senate finally had the decency to bring same-sex marriage legislation up for a vote, I am extremely disappointed in the failure of so many of my colleagues to recognize the ability to marry as a basic civil right for all. At least we now know where every Senator stands on this critical issue and I expect that a number of them will soon be hearing from some very angry constituents for denying them equal rights.”
If the panel of rabbis’ message is effective however, many of Krueger’s constituents may decide to vote against her when she is up for re-election.
It remains to be seen whether elected Jewish representatives will vote with their party, their faith or like Krueger, with their conscience.