Orthodox Rabbis Sue Holocaust Museum Over Gay Exhibit

A new holocaust museum in Manhattan may not open its doors on September 15, as was expected. Sixteen Orthodox Jewish rabbis have sued the museum, claiming that an exhibit honoring gay and lesbian Holocaust victims is offensive to them and should not be supported with public funds. Rabbi Yehuda Levin, lead plaintiff and vocal opponent of gay rights, angrily objects to “the elevation of homosexuals to the martyred status of the six million Jews.”

The museum is reviewing the lawsuit and has not yet issued a public statement. A hearing will likely be scheduled for this week.


AP's The Wire - September 6, 1997

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