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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

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The House Select Committee hearings are swaying political independents and centrists to reject the power-grabbing tactics used by Donald Trump and his Republican enablers to overturn the 2020 presidential election, according to several polls and surveys of battleground state voters released on Thursday, June 30.

“Vast majorities of the American people are paying attention, and they are deeply concerned,” said Leslie Dach, co-chair of Defend Democracy Project, an advocacy group dedicated to the principle that voters determine the outcome of elections. “They believe that a crime has been committed. They want accountability in the courts and at the ballot box. And they hold not just President Trump responsible, but they hold his allies and Republicans responsible for what happened.”

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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