Most of the “key constituents” in centrist Conservative Judaism would support gay and lesbian rabbis, according to an e-mail- and Web-based survey commissioned by the Jewish Theological Seminary.
About two-thirds of the 5,583 rabbis, cantors and JTS students responding to the survey expressed support for openly gay rabbis and cantors. Among Conservative educators and other professionals, the approval rating was 76 percent.
Support varied by gender: Some 86 percent of female respondents approved of gay rabbis and cantors, compared to 60 percent of male respondents. The results may help JTS, the academic center of Conservative Judaism, decide whether to begin admitting openly gay students.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).