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Religious Studies

Judaism: beliefs about love and sex

Homosexuality

Homosexuality [Homosexuality: Sexual or romantic attachment between two people of the same gender. ] is forbidden in the Torah (the first five books of the Tenakh [Tenakh: The collected 24 books of the Jewish Bible. There are three sections: Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim (Te;Na;Kh). ]):

Do not lie with a male as one lies with a woman; it is an abhorrence.

Leviticus 18:22

This attitude is also supported by the way in which people understand the reason for the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah:

The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 'My lords,' he said, 'Please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.' 'No,' they answered. 'We will spend the night in the square.' But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house.

He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom - both young and old - surrounded the house. They called to Lot, 'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.'

Genesis 19:1-5

Again, many Progressive Jews now think that this teaching needs to be looked at again, and are willing to accept homosexual couples into the Jewish community.

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