Question: What exactly is an Orthodox Jew's stance on homosexuality?
My boyfriend comes from an Orthodox Jewish family. His mother and father are perfectly fine with it. One of his mother's best friends is gay. Though he says his aunt, whose also an Orthodox Jew, is somewhat opposed to it. What exactly is the general stance of an Orthodox Jew with regards to this subject?
I starred it so my Jewish friends can answer... hope you get a response =)
Erm. You have four examples listed already.
Some are completely 100% accepting. Some aren't. A lot are in between.
There's an Orthodox participant in R&S who would prefer that there not be same sex weddings in his synagogue. Still, earlier this year he intervened in an attack on a gay man and was hospitalized with a fractured skull. The GLBT centre is paying for his medical bills as a thank you.
There is no single position, even amongst the Orthodox.
I believe Angels summed it up nicely. I am gay and had a nice talk on the subject with my cousin when he flew in from Munich (he's the Orthodox Rabbi in Munich). He would not go out of his way to offer a building specifically for gay affairs (oy, I feel like my mother - every celebration or get-together is an affair!), but he is mindful that all are Jews and appreciates that fact. Jews are Jews and we all contribute to the community and should be treated as such.
It's wrong to act on it but God created them this way and it's their choice to make, nothing I can or should do about it.
I have a gay friend.
The orthodox stance is that homosexuality is not in accordance with a "kosher" way of life.
In most orthodox families, a man is expected to marry a woman and a woman is expected to marry a man and start a family of their own.
However that does not mean opinions on the matter don't vary and modern orthodox are probably far more likely to recognize homosexuality as something with a biological origin rather than a choice, than christians are.