BROOKLYN, N.Y., September 8, 2008:Leading rabbis of New York City Orthodox communities released a statement yesterday strongly encouraging Jewish voters to support those who take a public stand against same-sex marriage.
“[T]he safety of our communities has recently been breached by policies… which attack the most basic rules of human decency,” the group, organized as the Vaad L’Shmor Kehillasenu, stated.“Please understand, and share with your neighbors, the seriousness of this sin, and our responsibility, with what means we have in our hands, to stop it.”
“Laws promoting ‘marriage rights’ for same gender unions, in any shape or form whatsoever, are an attack on Torah;These laws are an attack on the foundations of basic human morality; and there can be no compromise on this topic.”
One of the few merits that protects the nations of the world, the Rabbis quote from the Talmud, specifically derives from their refraining from writing a marriage contract for homosexuals.
The Rabbis’ statement follows a New York trial court ruling last week that upheld Governor David Paterson’s expansion of state benefits to homosexual couples.In a directive issued to state agencies in May, the Governor’s counsel instructed all state agencies to rewrite the definition of marriage in all their regulations to add homosexual couples who obtained a status of “marriage” out of state to the class of married couples entitled to receive benefits under New York State law.
The statement comes shortly before New York State primary elections.