Same sex laws

Most other states had enacted constitutional or statutory bans on same-sex marriage, known as “Defense of Marriage” Acts. He stopped short, however, of saying he would veto it. How Big Is the Minimum-Wage Workforce in Your State? Note: This page addresses issues of Jewish law that may not be appropriate for younger readers.

In places, it discusses sexual behavior in plain and frank terms. Trigger Warning: This page explains some traditional Jewish points of view about sex and sexuality that you may find offensive. Indeed, even some Jewish movements have rejected some of these viewpoints in modern times. Other points of view are more liberal than you would expect, and may offend those with more conservative sensibilities.

Sex is permissible only within the context of a marriage. In Judaism, sex is not merely a way of experiencing physical pleasure. It is an act of immense significance, which requires commitment and responsibility. The requirement of marriage before sex ensures that sense of commitment and responsibility. The primary purpose of sex is to reinforce the loving marital bond between husband and wife.

The first and foremost purpose of marriage is companionship, and sexual relations play an important role. Procreation is also a reason for sex, but it is not the only reason. In the Torah, the word used for sex between husband and wife comes from the root Yod-Dalet-Ayin, meaning “to know,” which vividly illustrates that proper Jewish sexuality involves both the heart and mind, not merely the body. Nevertheless, Judaism does not ignore the physical component of sexuality. The need for physical compatibility between husband and wife is recognized in Jewish law.