Tag: Marriage Equality


Religion in 2015: Three Big Stories

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Everyone’s been looking back at the “biggest” news headlines of 2015, but let’s reflect for a moment on how religion played a role in world events this year. For me, three stories come to mind: a) ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists, b) the influential Pope Francis and c) the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. Together, all three topics inspire me to consider a larger question, “How will we work out the balance between faith and freedom?” Watch my video for more insight and......

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When Religion Disrupts the Secular Workday

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: After all the headlines about the county clerk jailed for refusing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky, a flight attendant named Charee Stanley has now made news for refusing to serve alcohol to airplane passengers. Her claim is that as a devout Muslim, her religion forbids her to perform that task. But where is the religious freedom movement to support her? “If you intuitively stand with one, why don’t you stand with the other just as much since each is looking for accommodation......

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Religious Freedom vs. Imposing Your Faith on Others

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: A county clerk in Kentucky has been jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses in accordance with the law. The way I see it, Kim Davis not being allowed to impose her religious views on others – her belief that only heterosexual partners should marry – actually guarantees the religious liberty principle that Americans hold dear. “The bedrock upon which religious freedom rests is the fact that we have laws which protect the religious and personal views of all people, whether any of us......

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Equality, Honesty and Dignity: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (June 29 – July 3), we looked at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down all bans on same-sex marriages, the need for all Americans to actively participate in the fight against racism, the extraordinary day for dignity as a leading American value and the smart insights we gain from paying attention to new perspectives. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Humility and Grace in a Profound Visit to Charleston – Irwin Kula I traveled to......

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Dignity Above All

That morning, they lined up outside the College of Charleston’s arena, a diverse crowd taking time to be present, knowing the emotions they felt transcended the moment and were inseparable from a greater historical struggle, far from over. The gathering took shape at the very same moment the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to reveal its landmark ruling, affirming the dignity of men and women regardless of who they love and how they live. Thousands attended the church viewing and the overflow service to pay last respects to the Honorable Rev. Clementa C.......

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I Am an Orthodox Rabbi Who Doesn't Perform Gay Marriages, But I Celebrate Supreme Court Decision

This opinion piece appeared on washingtonpost.com on June 26, 2015. The Supreme Court made history on Friday, that much is clear. What may be less clear, especially for those who do not support same-sex marriage, is that the 5-to-4 majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, merits celebration even by those who don’t agree with the conclusion reached. And to be totally transparent, I write those words as an Orthodox rabbi who does not officiate at same-sex marriages. So why am I celebrating today? Didn’t my side lose? Didn’t the court strike......

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Celebration, Innovation and Trees: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (June 22-26), we explored the value of Inside Out for people of all ages, the empowering choice to appreciate “the little things” in life, the book validating a wide range of personal faith journeys, the innovative rabbi breaking with tradition to serve his community and the historic national milestone celebrating the right to get married. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Wisdom on Games, Brains and Progress: Must-Read Links?- TWD Check out these insightful pieces about topics......

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A True Marriage Celebration

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Today, our U.S. Supreme Court struck down bans on same-sex marriage in a historic ruling. In all candor, as an Orthodox rabbi, I don’t perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. Yet I applaud this decision with a full heart. “The institution of marriage was celebrated today and re-energized today it is a profound statement about freedom of expression and freedom of religion.” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for......

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A Family Values Fumble for Reverend Franklin Graham

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Sounding off about Wells-Fargo’s TV ad depicting two women learning sign language in order to adopt a hearing-impaired child, Rev. Franklin Graham declared his plan to cut ties with the bank by withdrawing his ministry’s funds. He also encouraged his flock to follow suit. But the evangelical leader soon softened his stance (saying he isn’t opposed to the company’s ad being “gay-friendly”), and now, what I find fascinating is watching him wrestle with this issue. “What if all of us were willing to open......

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The Push-and-Pull Over the Meaning of Marriage

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: While the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was presiding over a same-sex wedding this week, the evangelical Christian leader Reverend Franklin Graham was online urging his entire flock to pray for the justices to rule against marriage equality. Just as I think it’s important to remember that our nation’s laws are not meant to adhere to religious laws, it would be helpful when we invoke God if we remember that “the will of the eternal, as expressed to different people in different......

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