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Southern Baptist Feels Divorced Jewish Women Are Not Pariahs

The State of Maryland is in the process of legally recognizing that Orthodox women who wish to remarry have the opportunity to do so by decree of a get. The debate between separation of church and state as pertains to … Read More

By / March 15, 2007
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The State of Maryland is in the process of legally recognizing that Orthodox women who wish to remarry have the opportunity to do so by decree of a get. The debate between separation of church and state as pertains to this issue was a hot topic on the Senate floor yesterday, especially given that the Bill's sponsor is a Southern Baptist and its primary contestant, the female Jewish Democratic Senator from Maryland.

Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a Baltimore County Democrat and the bill's sponsor, said the bill promotes equality for women who are divorcing and prevents Orthodox Jewish men from angling for extended property rights or monetary benefits.

"In the case where men are often extorting women – and this is a tragedy that I'm seeing in my own community – and those women need the help of our government," she said. "And this is not about religion; this is about fairness."

Kramer disagreed.

"How can it not be about religion when the reason that they're coming to us for assistance, to the state of Maryland, is not because the state of Maryland will not give them a divorce?" Kramer said. "It's not because our courts of equity will not treat them fairly. … It is because of their religion. It is their religious belief that doesn't allow them to remarry."

The Senate gave its initial approval, 35-10. A final vote is expected this week.

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