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GOP Jews Back Same-Sex Marriage Efforts

Business leaders also join a growing chorus

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Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein(Getty)

Last week, our intrepid senior writer Allison Hoffman detailed the friend-of-the-court briefs penned by various Jewish groups in support of efforts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. Hoffman wrote:

Among the many groups filing in favor of overturning the federal ban on gay marriage are the central bodies of every major Jewish denomination except Orthodoxy–the Union for Reform Judaism; the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly, and the the Jewish Theological Seminary; the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and College–and a lone Orthodox rabbi, Akiva Herzfeld of Shaarey Tphiloh in Portland, Maine. They join civil rights groups and a list of 278 prominent American corporations, from Citigroup to Apple, asking the court to recognize same-sex marriage.

As it turns out, there are other Jewish notables making headway into the fray and, over the weekend, we found out more about them. First, gracing the cover of the Times business section was Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs, who in speaking out in favor of gay marriage last month, thought he was part of a new wave. It turned out he was alone, but not for long.

It’s not lonely anymore. This week, Goldman Sachs was one of more than 100 corporations that lodged their support for same-sex marriage in two briefs filed with the Supreme Court. “I think people wanted to attach themselves to what may be the last great civil rights issue of our time,” Mr. Blankfein said.

Some Jewish Republicans and conservatives are also starting to come around. Long-time Republican strategist Rich Galen tweeted this on Saturday:

Rich Galen (@richgalen)
Honored to be 1 of 2 father-son teams to sign the GOP’s amicus brief pro gay marriage. Me and @reedgalen as well as Ben & Josh Ginsberg

It’s not a startling number yet, but it’s a start.

On a related note, conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin, who has spoken out in favor of a Republican reassessment of the issue of gay marriage, took some heat this week for denouncing the Conservative Political Action Conference’s exclusion of GOProud, a conservative gay group, which ironically enough, aims to aid the Republican capture of minority votes.

Earlier: Jewish Groups File Briefs Favoring Gay Marriage
Jewish Organizations Join DOMA Appeal

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klgrube says:

I’m sorry, this is just disgusting. How is God pleased by this? Trust me, He isn’t. No one of true faith can possibly think this way that goes so far astray from God’s word and HIs teachings.. Father, lead their hearts to repentance and forgive them.

    oaklandj says:

    Yes, we know how evangelical Christians feel about this issue. We also know how you felt about slavery, interracial marriage, and other issues which history has already ruled on.

      klgrube says:

      Don’t you DARE imply that an immutable characteristic like race is the same as a lifestyle choice. That’s reprehensible! Most Black Americans deplore that comparison anyway, as do I as someone who marched for real Civil Rights, like the right to vote, own property, etc.

        oaklandj says:

        It’s not. However, sexual orientation isn’t a lifestyle choice. I’m sorry you find reality inconvenient for your views. And of course there are homophobic African Americans, like there are among every ethnic group.
        You’re not sharing anything new; in fact, your viewpoints are old and going the way of the dodo bird (thank goodness).

          klgrube says:

          That’s funny! Well, homosexuality isn’t exactly an immutable characteristic like race and gender, now is it? Actually, regarding my “viewpoint,” I think it’s the other way around. People are realizing more clearly than ever the value of real families and how much children need both a mom and a dad. Even the president said he’s wished he’d had a dad growing up. I’ll buy it that my viewpoints on marriage may be old; in fact, they are ancient, as old as human history. Duh!

          oaklandj says:

          Thank you so much for your insightful comment. You certainly seem to have given the matter a tremendous amount of thought.


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