British Chief Rabbi warns on same-sex marriages
Changing the law to allow same-sex marriage would undermine a "sacred institution" recognised since "time immemorial", according to Britain's Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, writes John Bingham.
He warned that any attempt to exempt religious groups from performing homosexual weddings would be likely to be challenged at the European Court of Human Rights. A clutch of traditional rabbis have spoken against the plans while liberal branches of Judaism in Britain have given their support.
But now a formal submission to the government's consultation process from the London Beth Din -- the Chief Rabbi's court, which adjudicates on legal matters -- has reiterated traditional orthodox teaching that homosexuality is against Jewish law. (© Daily Telegraph, London)