Judge presides over a divorce similar to her own

A matrimonial judge is currently presiding over a divorce case that is exactly like her own personal battle.  The judge in question is Esther Morgenstern, who in 1987, had filed for divorce from her Jewish husband, Nathan Waidenbaum, and fought for the “get”.

According to Jewish religious law, a “get” is a divorce document that a husband presents to his wife, essentially stating that she can remarry, and that rules of adultery would no longer apply. Without the “get” it would become impossible under Jewish faith for the divorced woman to remarry or begin a new economic partnership. Esther was able to remarry in 1991, after a long battle for the “get”.

The case that she is currently presiding over is that of Yoel Weiss, a 34-year-old rabbi, who has refused to grant the “get” to his estranged wife, 24-year-old Rivky Stein. He would be made to pay alimony if he does not grant the “get” to Stein, according to the judge.

Weiss has rebelled against the threat issued by the judge, calling it unconstitutional. According to him, a get would lose its meaning, if the husband is forced to give it.

Legal experts and other divorce lawyers believe Morgenstern is justified in doing this, since without a “get”, it would become impossible for a woman to start a new life after a divorce. What does Jewish law have to do with American law? How come the court does not grant the divorce and be done with it?

No grounds to allege bias

There however might be questions raised on the bias or prejudice of the judge in this case, since her personal story is similar to the case. However, since, Morgenstern is not related to any of the parties currently involved in the divorce case, and is not a lawyer in the case, nor does she have any financial interests in the particular case, there is no question of her stepping down, according to judicial expert, attorney Martha Cohen Stine.

A majority of gay Mormons try to change their sexual orientation

A study, the largest ever conducted in 48 states and 22 countries, has found that about 69 percent of mixed orientation Mormon marriages end in divorce. The study on homosexual Mormons was carried out by John Dehlin, a doctoral student at Utah State University. Fellow researchers included a retired Brigham Young University professor, Bill Bradshaw, and Renee Galliher.

The study highlights the fact that homosexuality and the Mormon religion do not gel well. Well, not any credible religion recognizes two people of the same sex being a couple and some people would even question if Mormonism was a legitimate religion. Either way, Mormonism and being gay can be oxymoronic.

One of the major findings of this study was that 80 percent of homosexual Mormons have tried to change their sexual preferences. There is a constant conflict between being gay and following the religion, and many do end up with heterosexual marriages just to retain their place in the Mormon community, which preaches that God would take away and cure their temptations if they enter into a heterosexual marriage. However, this is not the case, as the study reports.

Not only are they blamed for their failed marriages, homosexual Mormons, are also blamed for running their spouses’ lives, and of course, for being gay.