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Holy Hypocrisy on Gay Marriage Ban!

Reflection on hypocrisy of public leaders & the anti-gay marriage amendment.

Sometimes, the universe has an ironic (or, perhaps, sardonic?) sense of humor.

The Republican majority in the Minnesota State Senate has passed—and the Republican majority in the Minnesota State House is considering—an amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage solely as between one man and one woman. For the first time in state history, the amendment process would be used to enshrine discrimination and the taking away rights of one group of people. Shameful!

At the same time, married Republican United States Senator John Ensign of Nevada resigned last week, rather than testify before the ethics committee about his affair with (another) married Republican staff member (and the subsequent alleged bribery to keep her quiet.)

Republican Rudy Giuliani (on his third marriage) is once again contemplating running for President.

Republican Newt Gingrich (also on his third marriage, to a woman he began “dating” while married to his second wife) announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for President.

Republican Donald Trump (yes, you guessed it—also married to his third wife), toyed with running for President, but decided that hosting Celebrity Apprentice is a better fit for his temperament and skills.

And today, former Republican Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger disclosed that 10 years ago—while married to his wife—he fathered a child with a household employee.

Here’s the thing: As a rabbi, I am a very forgiving soul. Own up to your mistakes, seek forgiveness from those you’ve hurt, offer appropriate restitution, and for heaven’s sake, don’t deceive your loved ones again! I understand that people are human; we transgress, we cause hurt, we seek forgiveness.

Call it a job requirement: I am a very forgiving soul.

But gentlemen, please—stop the painfully absurd attempts to legislate a moral code you’ve demonstrated you have no capacity to live by.

Leave the marriage business to those of us who have some idea of what we’re doing: clergy, therapists, wedding coordinators, caterers, florists, and photographers.

Here’s some advice: As it says in your sacred text, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Now that would make some good public policy.

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James Miller May 18, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Yesh Koach!
Rabbi Michael Adam Latz May 18, 2011 at 01:26 AM
Thank you, Mr. Miller!
Sen. Ron Latz May 18, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Well stated, Rabbi Latz.
Rabbi Michael Adam Latz May 19, 2011 at 01:18 AM
Thank you, Mr. Senator! And thank you for your leadership against this hateful amendment in the Senate. History won't forget your courage & for speaking out for justice & dignity.
Kate O'Hanlan, MD May 27, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Rather than make gay rights a popularity contest , lets ask America’s best experts on family, mental health and children. They would not be biased, and they have a duty to base their policy statements on the best interest of America. From the American Psychological Association: homosexuality is normal; homosexual relationships are normal. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association have endorsed civil marriage for same-sex couples because marriage strengthens mental and physical health and longevity of couples, and provides greater legal and financial security for children, parents and seniors. America’s premier child/mental health associations endorse marriage equality. There is no further reason to discriminate, except ignorance or bigotry. SO WHY WOULD ANYONE FIGHT THIS?????? Think of what you would want for yourself or your your family.
Alien Journalist May 29, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Two things: "But gentlemen, please—stop the painfully absurd attempts to legislate a moral code you’ve demonstrated you have no capacity to live by." The "gentleman" is confusing because there are many women behind the bill, too. It seems you're trying too hard to make a point and by doing so, are smearing the entire party--and everyone who identifies with it--based on the actions of men who have nothing to do with the bill. This is called stereotyping. I know the temptation to do so is strong because of the hypocrisy from these men, but as you cast stones you're missing the state party's (alleged, anyway) reasoning behind the bill. "Leave the marriage business to those of us who have some idea of what we’re doing: clergy, therapists, wedding coordinators, caterers, florists, and photographers." Many a libertarian would agree with you, but government got into the marriage business long before the bill was proposed.
Mike B. July 29, 2013 at 03:26 PM
There is a big difference between some Republicans who have not followed their marriage vows versus homosexuality, which both the Old and New Testaments have teached is an abomination. And it's curious that the Rabbi's statement is an assault on Republicans. At least the Republicans don't engage in flat-out perversion, as do Democrats such as Bob Filner, Barney Frank, Anthony Weiner, and Garry Studds. True, in the liberal enclaves of Minnesota, gay marriage has some support, including among far-left clergy, such as the rabbi. But homosexual marriage is considered an abomination by the vast majority of Minnesotans and Americans.

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