"Rabbi" Barry Dolinger of Congregation Beth Sholom in Providence said he believes that while civil law should allow gays and lesbians to marry, it must remain up to religious bodies to determine who can marry within their faith. Dolinger is also an attorney.
‘‘Never say never, but I will never perform a gay marriage as an orthodox rabbi because it’s prohibited by our main religious text,’’ he said. ‘‘But as a person of faith, it’s deeply important to me that the government stays far away from what we do. I’m all for letting people have it, and I think the government should stay out of preventing it, but we can’t compel people to violate their religious beliefs.’’
Rabbi Dolinger was raised in North Bellmore, a small town on the South Shore of Long Island. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in political science and minored in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Afterwards, he spent a year studying at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh in Israel. He received semichah from Yeshiva University in 2011, and graduated from Fordham Law School. Currently, he serves as the rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom, an Orthodox community on the East Side of Providence, RI, where he lives with his wife, Naomi.
Dolinger on bill to allow same gender "marriages"
- I would not perform a same sex "marriage". In fact I would probably have my rabbinic title revoked from my school and my organization. Nevertheless the less, I am here tonight in strong strong support of this bill.
- But as a person of faith, it's deeply important to me that the government stays far away from what we do. I'm all for letting people have it, and I think the government should stay out of preventing it, but we can't compel people to violate their religious beliefs.
- And I don’t want anybody telling me I’m going to do that, so I’m not going to tell anyone else that because I wouldn’t marry them that they can’t get married.”