Friday, October 31, 2008

Navya Shastra Urges California Voters to Reject Proposition 8

"Navya Shastra, the international Hindu reform organization, urges California voters to reject Proposition 8, which would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry under state law.

The organization notes that Hinduism has never classified homosexuality as a sin against God. While some ancient law codes have spoken out against homosexual acts, the tradition has never called for the persecution of homosexuals. In fact, there is ample evidence that alternative lifestyles have been accepted throughout Hindu history. Several modern Hindu leaders have also spoken positively of gay rights, though disappointingly, a significant percentage of American Hindus remain uncomfortable with homosexuality. “According to the Hindu contemplative tradition, we are all manifestations of the one universal spirit, straight or gay, and worthy of the same respect and rights” said Jaishree Gopal, Navya Shastra Chairman, “we urge American Hindus in California to remember this central insight of their faith when they vote on November 4,” she added."

Contact Person: Vikram Masson
(201) 674-2065
navyashastra@shastras.org

3 comments:

Laurie said...

WOO HOOOO!!!! I'm gonna be a hindu!
Just kiddin I'm really not :)
I'm just so glad that the hindu religion
is accepting :)

HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Queers United said...

AUM :) It's nice to see a broad coalition of people against 8.

Anonymous said...

"a significant percentage of American Hindus remain uncomfortable with homosexuality"

Since dharmasastras are against it.

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