Is it against the torah to have lesbian sex? It is understood that by males it is called an abomination due to waste of seed, but by women, this isn't the case. Is it allowed?
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Wasting seed is prohibited. However, the Torah's label of "abomination" is applied to the male homosexual act without specific reference to wasting seed (Vayikra 18:22).
Sexual relations between women are prohibited, at least on a rabbinic level. The prohibition is explicit in the Shulchan Aruch (Even HaEzer 20:2). Such relations are also mentioned in a negative context in the Talmud (Yevamot 76a).
Additionally, a steady lesbian relationship may be prohibited by the Torah under the prohibition of maaseh eretz Mitzrayim (Vayikra 18:3).
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