Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Albany, NY - Jewish Demonstrators Clash Over Gay Marriage
Here’s video of a minor skirmish that broke out between a group of Rockland County Orthodox rabbis hasidim who have been loudly chanting “No vote for LGBT supporters” for, oh, about an hour on the east side of the Senate antechamber.
The arrival of Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. prompted a mini-parade despite the tight quarters and the presence of numerous marriage advocates — such as Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, who prompted a heated reaction from one of the Orthodox protesters by throwing an arm over his shoulder as she attempted to insert herself between Diaz and the cameras.
“You’re not a Jew! You’re not a Jew!,” he responded, just before a trooper moved in to ease the loose procession down the stairway.
Albany, NY - The New York State Senate adjourned at around 7:30 Monday night without reaching resolution on three major issues before them, including gay marriage.
As is usually the case at the end of session, Capitol corridors were jam-packed with noisy demonstrators, lawmakers, and lobbyists. Everyone has an agenda and when certain demonstrators began pushing too hard for or against same sex marriage, that’s when things turned ugly.
All week along a group of Hasidic rabbis has been demonstrating fervently against marriage equality. On Monday, a smaller group of reform rabbis from New York City came to the capitol, and in between Yiddish chants and Hebrew prayers, angry name calling erupted.
“This is not Jewish people. This is not Jewish people. This is animal,” one of the Hasidic rabbis screamed at a female rabbi, pointing his right index finger at her.
The lady rabbi told her accuser she’ll pray for him to which the male rabbi responded, “Shame on you. Shame on you. Shame on you, Get out of here.”
The un-Godly behavior was well monitored by New York State troopers, who several times had to separate the two groups.