Orthodox Jewish groups brace for consequences of gay-marriage ruling

JTA
by Ron Kampeas
July 1, 20125

The name that keeps coming up when Orthodox Jewish groups consider the consequences of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision extending same-sex marriage rights to all states has little to do with Jews or gays. Bob Jones University, the private Protestant college in South Carolina, lost its tax-exempt status in 1983 when the Supreme Court ruled that its policies banning interracial dating on campus were “wholly incompatible with the concepts underlying tax exemption.” Orthodox Jewish organizations, several of which publicly dissented from the Jewish community’s broad endorsement of the high court’s decision, now worry that similar consequences could befall Jewish organizations that decline to recognize gay marriage…Abba Cohen, who directs the Washington office for Agudath Israel of America, called the court’s ruling an “ominous” sign. READ MORE

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