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The Torah’s View on Gay Marriage

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With Gay Parades scheduled for this summer in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, this article may not be PC (politically correct). The Meiri, however, on the Mishnah in Avot 5:20 states, “One must always strive to uphold and speak the truth and to dispute anyone who attempts to corrupt it, because the truth fears no one.”

The Torah (Vayikra 18:22) considers homosexuality a “toevah” (an abomination), a capital offense as heinous as incest and as having sexual relations with animals, punishable by death (Vayikra 20:13). As the Torah says, “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination.” “And you shall not lie with any animal to defile yourself.” “…and the land itself became defiled by these acts, … and the land itself vomited out its inhabitants…and whoever shall commit any of these abominations shall be uprooted from out of the midst of their people. Therefore, beware not to do any of these abominable acts that were done by the people before you, and do not become defiled through them; I am Hashem, your G-d.”

(Vayikra 18:22-30). The Torah also states, ” And a man that lies with another man as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination, they shall be put to death; their blood falls upon themselves.” (Vayikra 20:13).

Judaism perceives physical relations between members of the same sex as a perversion of nature and of the Divine Image. G-d created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.

The phenomenon of “Gay Marriage” is not a new one. The Rambam in Issurei Biah,ch. 21 (Laws of Forbidden Relations), writes about the depravities and immorality of ancient Egypt. “A man would marry a man, and a woman would marry a woman.” The institution of homosexual synagogues, while new, is a reflection of the age old desire of Jews to seek religious sanction for immoral conduct. These misguided Jews seek to assuage their conscience and to avoid feelings of guilt and shame for living their lives in a manner, considered by the Torah to be degenerate, abhorrent and an abomination.

Homosexuals are no less in violation of Halacha than those engaged in incest or adultery. To agree to the organization of separate “gay” groups under Jewish auspices makes no more sense, morally or halachically, than to allow the formation of synagogues or Jewish groups that cater exclusively to incest offenders and adulterers.

It makes even less sense, because it provides, under so-called religious auspices, a clientele from which the homosexual can easily choose new partners and encourages him to continue to sin instead of seeking help.

Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher is Dean of Students and Senior Lecturer at Diaspora Yeshiva. He also lectures regularly at the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem.

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