Friday, March 11, 2011

Israeli rabbis launch initiative to marry gay men to lesbian women


Rabbis from the religious Zionist community have launched an initiative to marry gay men to lesbian women - with some surprising successes.

So far, 11 marriages have been performed. Haaretz conducted an email interview with one such couple, Etti and Roni (not their real names ).

Etti and Roni, both religious, were married five years ago. Though they were honest with each other about their sexual orientations from their first meeting, to the outside world, they portray themselves as a normal heterosexual couple. Today, they have two children, and are thrilled with the results.


  1. Is this real?

  2. Recipients and PublicityMarch 11, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Sounds like Chelm!

  3. If you read farther through the article on Haaretz's site, there is no consummation of the marriage and the children are born from artificial insemination.

    Two of the "experimental" couples are already getting divorced.

    I was told by a posek about 15 years ago, that I cannot make a shidduch if either of the parties feels he/she will not be able to consummate the marriage.

    I did help do a shidduch once between a formerly homosexual man and a formerly lesbian woman who felt they could have relations on their wedding night and on mikveh night each month.

  4. רמב"ם הלכות אישות פרק ו
    הלכה ט
    ובמה אמרו כל המתנה על מה שכתוב בתורה תנאו בטל חוץ מדבר שבממון, ...
    הלכה י
    כיצד כגון שקידש אשה על תנאי שאין לה עליו שאר כסות ועונה, שאומרין לו בכסות ושאר תנאך קיים מפני שהוא תנאי שבממון אבל בעונה תנאך בטל שהתורה חייבה אותך בעונה והרי זו מקודשת ואתה חייב בעונתה ואין בידך לפטור עצמך בתנאך, וכן כל כיוצא בזה


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