Teaneck, NJ – A Jewish newspaper won’t publish wedding or engagement announcements from same-gender couples any longer after receiving complaints, according to a statement from the editor on the newspaper’s website.
The following are excerpts of the message posted by the Jewish Standard editor, Rebecca Kaplan Boroson:
“We set off a firestorm last week by publishing a same-gender couple’s announcement of their intent to marry. Given the tenor of the times, we did not expect the volume of comments we have received, many of them against our decision to run the announcement, but many supportive as well.
A group of rabbis has reached out to us and conveyed the deep sensitivities within the traditional/Orthodox community to this issue. Our subsequent discussions with representatives from that community have made us aware that publication of the announcement caused pain and consternation, and we apologize for any pain we may have caused.
The Jewish Standard has always striven to draw the community together, rather than drive its many segments apart. We have decided, therefore, since this is such a divisive issue, not to run such announcements in the future.”