The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

A key tradition in the celebration of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a speech reflecting on the Torah portion during the ceremony. Thirteen-year-old Oregon resident Duncan McAlpine Sennett used his speech to reflect upon how his portion about Jacob’s wedding shows how traditional marriage has evolved since the days of the Bible.

“Jacob married two sisters who were his first cousins,” he noted.

Duncan explained that his passion for marriage equality was sparked by his family friends, who have been married in three states and saw their union struck down by Proposition 8 in California.

The video was posted on the YouTube channel of Congregation Beth Israel, a reform synagogue in Eugene, Oregon that Duncan said is 100 percent for all people having the freedom to marry. A proposition granting all state residents that right will likely be on Oregon’s ballot in November of 2014

“The definition of traditional marriage has changed a lot since the days of the Torah,” he reasoned, “so why can’t it change just a little bit more so everybody can marry who they love?”

Duncan McAlpine Sennett

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Jeanine Pirro

While many observers welcomed the jury's finding on Tuesday that Derek Chauvin was guilty of murdering George Floyd, some conservative media figures seemed distinctly perturbed, unsettled, or outraged by the outcome. It seemed that though Floyd's murder was initially was widely condemned, the movement it stirred and demands for changes it spurred from progressives polarized the issue, making some conservatives feel the guilty verdict was a loss for their side.

For example, some pushed the debunked notion that Floyd died from an overdose, rather than the knee on his neck for over 9 minutes:

Keep reading... Show less

Close