Shir Tikvah Rabbis Refuse to Sign Marriage Licenses Until Same-Sex Couples Can Legally Wed (SouthwestMinneapolis)
There was more than one rainbow-threaded yarmulke worn at Shir Tikvah’s Friday evening Shabbat service. When Rabbi Michael Adam Latz explained that he and Rabbi Melissa Simon will no longer sign marriage licenses for a state that denies same-sex couples the right to legally marry, the sanctuary erupted in applause.
This night came after many steps. It started with a passionate Rosh Hashanah Evening D’Var Torah (sermon) from congregant Elaine Frankowski, followed by conversations with the synagogue’s Board of Trustees and finally, a December letter to all congregants and friends. “I could no longer waver or wait” after hearing Frankowski’s stirring words in September on behalf of same-sex unions, Latz said.
“As your rabbis, we will continue to officiate at religious weddings (in which at least one of the two adults being married is Jewish), on the bimah, beneath the chuppah, signing your ketubah, and shouting 'mazal tov' when you smash the glass,” the letter explained.
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