This argument has many flaws. Based on this logic one would have to question whether people unable to bear children should be allowed to marry or whether infertility should be a reasonable grounds for divorce. Though Judaism certainly emphasizes procreation (it is the first commandment in the Torah) it also accepts the fact that marriage is still viable and meaningful even when the couple has no children. Love and relationship is just as important according to many classical commentators. The argument that homosexuality is an aberration based on the "fact" that it does not occur elsewhere in nature has also been put to rest by recent research which shows that homosexual relationships do exist among other animals.But, this is really a red herring that takes us from what is the fundamental issue. For none of us should have to defend ourselves against such spurious arguments. To do so only gives the critiques a validity that they do not deserve.
In Zornberg's analysis, she speaks of infusing natural law with a sense of relationship with God. It is our relationship with God, however one chooses to define it, which allows us to redefine our understanding of natural law. However, one must never forget that this understanding is based on the will of God, and NOT on the whim of humankind.
As the debate continues on all of these social, cultural and human issues, perhaps it is time to allow
a “rupture” to take place, as Zornberg calls it, so that we can receive our Revelation. It is time for us the American people, and all of humanity, to reach a new understanding of natural law that is based on what we believe to be the will of a Power greater than ourselves. The splitting of the Reed Sea allowed our ancestors to be redeemed, but it was the Revelation at Sinai that gave them the responsibilities that allowed them to be truly free.
In so many ways, concerning these and other important social and human issues, the sea has been split and we are safely on the other side (or at least some of us are). However, without the giving and
acceptance of Revelation of laws, freedom cannot truly be achieved and the people will eventually return to being enslaved. And this Revelation cannot occur until we first accept the new understanding of "natural law" derived from our encounter with the Divine, an encounter that takes place each time we interact with and relate to another human being.
The history that we have been given has been “written down and affirmed” even though we do not agree with, nor are we proud of, every chapter in the book. Now the time has come to accept the new definitions that will prepare us for this new Revelation. This revelation is one not based on the
chosen status of any single belief or group of people, but on the core Torah belief that we are all created b'tzelem elohim/in the image of God. We all deserve to have the same rights and we all must accept the same responsibilities.
We have seen numerous minorities and oppressed groups come to this understanding of natural law and then fight to help others to realize and accept it as well. Now the paradigm is shifting yet again for so many of us who have been denied full rights. The sea has split. The rupture has occurred. The people are gathered at the foot of the mountain, which is now beginning to smoke and tremble.
Revelation. May this soon, happen in our country and throughout the world.