Following New York State Governor David A. Paterson’s introduction yesterday of a bill to redefine marriage in the state, Agudas Yisroel of America reiterated its long-standing opposition to the proposed move. The organization’s official statement is below:
Agudath Israel of America strongly opposes the proposed redefinition of marriage in New York State.
Societies’ mores constantly shift, but eternal truths remain. The institution of marriage in its traditional form has served as the foundation of family and the bedrock of civilized society since time immemorial. In Agudath Israel’s view, tampering with marriage in the most fundamental way possible, by abandoning its definition as the sanctioned union of woman and man, is fraught with grave social danger.
Moreover, as has been repeatedly shown over recent years, the push to redefine marriage seeks to belittle those individuals and institutions who refuse to abandon their deep-seated and sincere religious beliefs. It is that prospect, more than the preservation of traditional marriage, that should be unacceptable to anyone concerned with basic civil rights.