Har Sinai Temple to Host Forum on Gay Marriage Dec. 5


Prominent experts in the ongoing debate surrounding marriage equality will participate in a forum at Har Sinai Temple on Dec. 5.

Attorney Lawrence Lustberg, who won the recent landmark case that struck down New Jersey’s ban on same-sex marriage is one of three speakers who will discuss “Marriage Equality: The Start of a New Era.”

The other two panelists are William Stacy Johnson, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Chair of Theology, whose book ” A Time to Embrace,” examines the place of committed gay couples in society, and David M. Rosenblum,  the legal director at Philadelphia’s Mazzoni Center, who will discuss efforts to get a same sex marriage law passed in Pennsylvania.

The Christie administration dropped its opposition to same-sex marriage after the New Jersey Supreme Court voted that gay marriage could proceed in the state following a lower court’s ruling in favor of it.

The juggernaut to bring marriage equality to New Jersey was triggered, in part, by the Supreme Court’s June decision to  overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Pennsylvania remains the only state in the Northeast that does not allow same-sex marriage.

Retired Hunterdon County Superior Court Judge Peter Buchsbaum will moderate the forum, and there will be plenty of time allotted for questions from the audience about the legal, religious and political aspects of gay marriage.

Sponsored by Har Sinai’s Arms of the Temple, the gay marriage forum is part of the temple’s ongoing efforts to engage the community in timely topics that ignite discussion.

The free forum is open to the public. The event begins at 7 p.m. Har Sinai Temple is located at 2421 Pennington Road at the Denow Road West traffic signal. Reserve a seat at the forum by calling (609) 730-8100 by Nov. 30.