So, what ever could be more important than Foley and the unbelievable mess left in his messaging wake? This: the founder of the Ukrainian Jewish Reform movement has stepped down after the officiation of a lesbian wedding. The Baltimore Jewish Times reports:
Boris Kapustin, 70, founder and chairman of the Reform congregation in the Crimean town of Kerch, quit his post in September.
While Ukrainian Reform leaders cite Kapustin’s age and health concerns as reasons for his resignation, Kapustin told JTA his resignation stemmed from his opposition to the movement’s acceptance of same-sex commitment ceremonies.
“I don’t want to participate in a movement that has organized a chupah for lesbians, which happened in Moscow this year,” Kapustin said.
It seems that the fact Rabbi Nelly Shulman presided over the ceremony exhibited too much chutzpah for old Kapustin. We thought old Jewish men liked take-charge women.
Well, don’t worry, after popular denunciation, gay marriage officiation has been banned.
Responding to the wave of criticism from their communities, the six Reform rabbis working in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus have agreed to ban such ceremonies for the time being, saying that post-Soviet citizens, including Jews, are not yet prepared to accept the Reform movement’s liberal approach to homosexuality. Homosexuality was only decriminalized after the fall of the Soviet Union 15 years ago.
According to a recent poll, 37 percent of Russians still believe gays and lesbians should be criminally prosecuted.
Hey, that’s still a minority!