03.06.2012 13.Siwan. 5772
Ritual guidelines detail two types of same-sex weddings and divorce.
After years of deliberation, the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly has provided guidance to rabbis for performing same-sex marriages. The assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards approved templates on May 31, culminating a six-year-long process that began in 2006 when Conservative leaders first officially sanctioned gay relationships. Created by Rabbis Daniel Nevins, Avram Reisner and Elliot Dorff, the ritual guidelines detail two types of gay weddings, as well as gay divorce. “Both versions are egalitarian,” said Nevins. “They differ mostly in style—one hews closely to the traditional wedding ceremony while the other departs from it.”…