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The committee that interprets religious law for the Conservative Jewish movement, the centrist branch within North American Judaism, has accepted a legal opinion that allows for the ordination of gay rabbis and the blessing of same sex unions. The committee, however, also approved two other opinions that uphold the movement’s current ban on both, leaving it up to local congregations and seminaries to make their own decisions about which position to follow. The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, whose 25 voting members are rabbis, accepted on December 6 three of the five opinions presented. The most permissive opinion, written by Rabbis Elliot Dorff, Daniel Nevins and Avram Reisner, allows for the ordination of gay rabbis and the blessing of same sex unions, but retains a ban on male homosexual sex.

 

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