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Conservative Rabbis Approve Gay Marriage

Conservative Rabbis Approve Gay Marriage

In what has been described as a “landmark moment,” the conservative branch of Judaism has established rituals for same-sex wedding ceremonies.

The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly unanimously decided at the end of May that gay marriages have “the same sense of holiness and joy as that expressed in heterosexual marriages.” The decision says:

For observant gay and lesbian Jews who would otherwise be condemned to a life of celibacy or secrecy their human dignity requires suspension of the rabbinic level prohibitions.

The decision follows a 2006 vote by the committee “favor[ing] the establishment of committed and loving relationships for gay and lesbian Jews.” It does not require rabbis to perform same-sex marriages though.

Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Berkeley’s Congregation Netivot Shalom told JWeekly.com:

Modern halachah [Jewish religious law] has always seen the Torah as its center, but not any one meaning as the final interpretation. There is a growing understanding [among] Conservative Jews that our responsibility is to steward our community with clarity. Conservative Judaism believes halachah changes when it must.

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, leader of the LGBT Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York, said:

We can’t be held hostage to the radical right wing of the Jewish world. The Conservative movement is rejecting religion based on bigotry.

The Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis endorsed Jewish gay marriage in the late 1990s.

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president of the movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, told the Washington Post that there have been no negative reactions to the decision.

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8:43AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

whats great about it? Not normal yes

8:37AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Best news I've read in days! Equality to all in my lifetime? And yet, there is hope.

1:39AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Cool...

1:32AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Great...

7:33PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

MAZEL TOV!

7:03PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

"At last, he can marry a nice Jewish boy" ! Mazel Tov !

4:55AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Noted.

3:21AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Mazel Tov. =D

12:46AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

So Eddy and Franklin, you are Old Testament law keepers? Let's see how you do on these since you interpret the Leviticus laws as being against all homosexuals, instead of the temple prostitutes it was aimed at:

Anyone who curses his father or mother shall be put to death. Lev 20:9

Adultrerers (both male and female) shall be put to death. Lev 20:10

Unclean foods (prohibited) are: rabbit/hare, pigs, water creatures without fins or scales (crab, oysters, clams, lobster), ostrich, snails, tortoise, everything that 'creepeth' is an abomination. Lev 11

A menstruating woman is unclean and should be 'put away' for 7 days. Lev 15:24

A woman not a virgin when she marries shall be stoned to death. Deut 22:21 (notice it doesn't apply to men)

Do not eat of the fruit of any tree until the 5th year. Lev 19:25

You can make slaves of the people of any nation around you and of the children of strangers in your land Lev 25:45-6

A disobedient son shall be stoned to death. Numbers 21:18-21

A woman shall not wear clothers that pertaineth to a man, it is an abomination! Deut 22:5

If you make war against a city and they accept peace with you, make them all your bonded servants. If they refuse peace kill all the men and take women and children and all else as spoil.Deut 20:11-14

What is with you people who want to believe in these hateful, primitive, tribal edicts, yet conveniently ignore all the same that pertain to you? You've obviously never read the Gospels w

12:30AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Bravo! It's good to see religionists finally connecting with the unconditional loving Creator. Jews, again, will lead the way. So sad how Israel, where gays are treated well & live in safety, is so viciously attacked by left-wing gays who seem to care nothing for the brutal treatment their fellows receive in the Palestinian Sharia zones , where gays are persecuted, imprisoned & tortured (& many have fled to freedom in Israel).

Read this excellent article on LGBT treatment in Israel compared with the brutality & bigotry of Palestine: http://www.wikiislam.net/wiki/Islam_and_Homosexuality#Israel.2C_Palestine.2C_and_Gays

AND this: http://www.advocate.com/politics/commentary/2009/10/07/michael-lucas-queers-palestine

Sad too there are so many here who would claim to be 'Christians' who cling so tightly to the ugly, intolerant, hateful verses in the Old Testament that Jews don't interpret the same or even pay attention to, & it's their scripture.

Franklin & Eddy, where did Jesus say anything against gay people? Do you obey all the other hateful commands of leviticus? Hypocrites.

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