Progressives Welcome Conservative Gay Weddings

Leaders of progressive Jewish movements in Israel as well as gay rights groups welcomed the adoption of guidelines for wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples by the Conservative Judaism movement in the US.

The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards – which rules on the Conservative stream’s stance on matters of Jewish law – voted on Thursday to provide the movement’s rabbis with guidelines for performing same-sex ceremonies.

Rabbi Andrew Sacks, director of the Rabbinical Assembly in Israel, said the guidelines will provide Jewish same-sex couples in the country with the opportunity to turn to a Masorti (Conservative movement in Israel) rabbi, knowing they will be “armed and prepared with the appropriate liturgy and blessings for these commitment ceremonies.”

“It will also undoubtedly inspire religious gay couples to understand that Judaism can indeed sanctify and bless those relationships,” Sacks added.


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