In response to “Safe Space for Orthodox Gays” (April 17), some suggestions by Merchav Batuah are positive. Certainly, students should not be forced to go through reparative therapy, which has long-term harmful effects. Nor should an Orthodox organization force out a gay member just as it should not force out those who do not keep kosher or Shabbat.
However, there are limitations on the extent of the outreach. The same sex intimacy is incompatible with Orthodox practice. Contrary to the protestation of Eshel, JQY, and Keshet, a gay man or lesbian woman cannot be fully Orthodox unless he or she is celibate. If the gay or lesbian cannot accept the fact that the lifestyle is not accordance with Orthodox Judaism, he or she should find a home in the Conservative movement.
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