Bar Mitzvah Boy Talks Up Gay Marriage

This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.

Vocal bar mitzvah boy Duncan Sennett. (photo credit: Robin McAlpine)

Vocal bar mitzvah boy Duncan Sennett. (photo credit: Robin McAlpine)

We’ve heard speeches about marriage equality from just about everyone — activists, lawmakers, judges, celebrities. Now, stumping for the freedom to marry has reached new frontiers with a bar mitzvah sermon that has gone viral on YouTube.

With the video getting 100,000 views in less than a week, it’s evident that it’s not just the members of Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon, who are impressed with young Duncan Sennett’s take on the Torah.

Moved by Duncan’s passionate presentation, the synagogue’s leadership asked him to get back on thebimah after his November 9 ceremony to give his speech again — this time in front of a camera — so that it could be posted on the synagogue’s website.

While Duncan did a good job of connecting his Torah portion, Vayetze, to marriage equality, it turns out that he was planning to talk about the issue no matter what.

“I knew I was going to do marriage equality,” Duncan told The Times of Israel. “I think it’s just stupid that gay marriage is illegal. Making it legal is just the right thing to do.”

Click here to read more and watch the video.

© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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