by Alice Sparberg Alexiou

Gay Marriage, Civil Disobedience

As conservatives continue to their push for a constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage, Rabbis Sharon Kleinbaum and Ayelet Cohen of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in Manhattan, the world’s largest gay and lesbian synagogue, have called on clergy of all religions to sign a statement that affirms their commitment to officiate at same-sex marriages. “With clergy being prosecuted for simply solemnizing marriages for gays and lesbians, we must all be willing to stand up for what is right and just,” reads the announcement on CBST’s web site. So far more than 200 rabbis have signed the pledge.

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