An Easter Treat: Our Religious Allies

BY Trudy Ring

April 06 2012 12:12 PM ET

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Jay Michaelson 
Supporting LGBT equality isn’t just a good social value,
it’s a religious one, writes
Jay Michaelson in God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality. Michaelson, a gay man who was closeted for years as
a practicing Orthodox Jew, writes that his relationship with God improved after
he came out, and that his extensive research has found ample support in
Judeo-Christian and other faith traditions for gay equality. “I sincerely
believe that our shared religious values call upon us to support the equality,
dignity, and full inclusion of sexual and gender minorities — that is, of
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people,” writes Michaelson, the founder
of Nehirim, an organization that provides community programming for LGBT Jews.
His book makes an eloquent case that “‘God versus Gay’ isn’t just a false
dichotomy. It’s a rebellion against the image of God itself.”

 

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