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Conservative Rabbis Issue Gay-Friendly Ruling

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Posted on Dec 6, 2006
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A panel of Conservative rabbis has approved a relatively gay-friendly interpretation of Jewish law, paving the way for ordinations of gays and same-sex commitment ceremonies.

Washington Post:

A panel of rabbis opened the way Wednesday to allow same-sex commitment ceremonies and the ordination of gays within Conservative Judaism, which occupies a difficult middle ground between orthodoxy and liberalism in American Judaism.

The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards committee accepted three teshuvot, or answers, to the question of whether Jewish law permits homosexual sex. Two of the answers uphold the status quo, which forbids homosexuality. But one of them allows ordination of gay men and lesbians and same-sex ceremonies while maintaining a ban on anal sex.

Four of the committee’s 25 members resigned in protest of the decision.

It takes the votes of just six of the panel’s 25 members to declare an answer to be valid—meaning that it is a well-founded interpretation of Jewish law, not that it is the only legitimate interpretation. As Wednesday’s vote made clear, it is possible to approve contradictory answers.


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By menot, December 7, 2006 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment
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Sorry for telling the truth: in animal world there is absolutely no getting married period.

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By Rowdy!, December 7, 2006 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment
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It’s just amaizing to me how obsessed heterosexuals are with male-on-male anal sex!

Do all non-gay people think that all gay people do is have sex?!  Gee, I wish was getting it as much as they think we are!  Woo-hoo!

Gay marriage is just like any other type of marriage, it means sharing, caring, loving, respecting, trusting, supporting, and being there for each other.  Sure, if we’re lucky, there’s some bedroom action going on, but isn’t that the consenting couple’s business?  Does organized religion care if heteros are “bangin’ the booty”?  Maybe they do.

How do I know non-gays aren’t doing the “back-seat” rumble?  They seem to really get into THAT particular ass-pect (sorry) of the issue, what about the love?


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By HeadlessHessian, December 7, 2006 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment
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Finally, some folks with common sense.  Who the H are we to tell others how to live or whom to live with?  As long any person does not hurt me, my family, friends, community, I say let them have at it.  For some reason they function differently…so what.  It is not a question of animal world over human world, Mr. Tran.  Its just people looking to get through life with their differences.  Ask yourself how we (heteros) look to them (homosexuals).  What if Homosexuality was the majority, and you were discrimated against?

Glad to tell the truth….

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By RAE, December 7, 2006 at 11:42 am Link to this comment
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What the hell are you talking about, Quy Tran?

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By Quy Tran, December 6, 2006 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment
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In animal world there’re absolutely no male got married to male or vise versa. But how’s about in human world ? Doesn’t it make sense that animal is above human ! Sorry for telling the truth.

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