I read with great disappointment the statement by Orthodox rabbis in Baltimore opposing Maryland’s proposal to legalize same-sex marriage. While I respect their right to believe as they do and cite passages from the Torah, I am extremely worried about the idea of any religion using its teachings to influence the law of the land.
This is a dangerous precedent, and, as a minority religion, Jews should be ever more mindful of it.
I lived in Baltimore for eight years and now live in Louisville, where a proposed merger among the Jewish, Catholic and public university hospitals would have put the doctrines of the Catholic Church, specifically with respect to reproductive issues, as the rules governing Louisville’s only public hospital. The merger didn’t pass due to Kentucky’s governor who recognized the danger of imposing one religious values system upon everyone.
What the Orthodox rabbis propose in Maryland is no different. One of the great things about America is not only our freedom of religion, but also our freedom from it. …
Lisa Rothstein Goldberg