Latter-day Saint scripture and teachings affirm that God loves all of His children and makes salvation available to all. God created the many diverse races and ethnicities and esteems them all equally. By definition, this means that the racial, economic, and demographic composition of Mormon congregations generally mirrors that of the wider local community. Despite this modern reality, for much of its history—from the mids until —the Church did not ordain men of black African descent to its priesthood or allow black men or women to participate in temple endowment or sealing ordinances.
The traditional viewpoint is that the Torah mentions homosexuality twice in the book of Leviticus JPS: They shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
None of the daughters of Israel shall be a kedeshahnor shall any of the sons of Israel be a Kadesh. This has been interpreted as prohibiting the "sons of Israel" from serving as a homosexual temple prostitute.
However, even in Biblical times, it was very difficult to get a conviction that would lead to this prescribed punishment.
The Jewish Oral Law states that capital punishment would be applicable only if two men were caught in the act of anal sex, if there were two witnesses to the act, if the men involved were warned that they committed a capital offense, and the two men — or the willing party, in case of rape — subsequently acknowledged the warning, but continued to engage in the prohibited act anyway.
In fact, there is no account of capital punishment, in regards to this law, in Jewish history. Rabbinic tradition understands the Torah's system of capital punishment to not be in effect for the past approximately 2, years, in the absence of a Sanhedrin and Temple.
However, someone who has had homosexual intercourse is considered to have violated a prohibition. Suggestions range from the idea that in ancient times, only acts in which men emitted semen were defined as sexual, to the assumption that in biblical times, sexual attraction between women did not exist, to the belief that religious rules that apply to men automatically apply to women.
This view is based on a Drash interpretation of the Biblical verse, "Do not follow the ways of Egypt, where you once lived, nor of Canaan, where I will be bringing you.
Do not follow any of their customs. The Talmud prohibits any activity which it defines as mesolelot or tribadism women rubbing genitals together. The main concern in the Talmud was whether women who carried out acts were eligible to marry a member of the priesthood.
It was doubtful whether this activity removed their status as a virgin, or made them a harlot. Maimonides suggests that this behavior should not disqualify a woman from marrying a priest. Talmudic law limits the penalty for lesbianism to flagellation, rather than the death penalty.
Bnei Noach, the progeny of Noah] accepted upon themselves thirty mitzvot [divinely ordered laws], but they only abide by three of them: The first one is that they do not write marriage documents for male couples, the second one is that they don't sell dead [human] meat by the pound in stores, and the third one is that they respect the Torah.
Nachmanides and the author of the Sefer Hachinuch similarly follow this interpretation. While there is some disagreement about which male homosexual acts come under core prohibitions, the majority of Orthodox Judaism puts male-male anal sex in the category of yehareg ve'al ya'avor, "die rather than transgress", the small category of Biblically-prohibited acts also including murder, idolatry, adultery, and incest which an Orthodox Jew is obligated under the laws of Self-sacrifice under Jewish Law to die rather than do.
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