Consensus Statement on Homosexuality (Rabbinical Assembly)

The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of The Rabbinical Assembly affirms the following policies:
(A) We will not perform commitment ceremonies for gays or lesbians.
(B) We will not knowingly admit avowed homosexuals to our rabbinical or cantorial schools or to the Rabbinical Assembly or the Cantors’ Assembly. At the same time, we will not instigate witch hunts against those who are already members or students.

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Resolution on Same Gender Officiation (CCAR)

Resolution adopted at the 111th Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
March, 2000

Background

Over the years, the Central Conference of American Rabbis has adopted a number of positions on the rights of homosexuals, on homosexuality in the rabbinate, and advocating changes in civil law pertaining to same-gender relationships.

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Rights of Homosexuals (CCAR)

Adopted by the CCAR at the 88th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis or subsequent to that Convention in 1977

WHEREAS, the Central Conference of American Rabbis has consistently supported civil rights and civil liberties for all people, especially for those from whom these rights and liberties have been withheld, and

WHEREAS, homosexuals have in our society long endured discrimination,

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NER-CCAR Passes Resolution in Support of Marriage Ruling; Opposes Efforts to Undermine Equality for Same-Sex Couples (CCAR)

On January 14, 2004, the Northeast Region of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (NER-CCAR) unanimously passed a resolution supporting equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. The resolution voices support for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling in Goodridge v. Dep’t of Public Health that excluding gay and lesbian couples from marriage violates the state Constitution.

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On Convening in States Denying Legal Protection of Civil Rights for Gays and Lesbians (CCAR)

Adopted by the 104th Annual Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
Montreal, Quebec, June 1993

WHEREAS, the CCAR has a longstanding commitment to civil rights of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, and

WHEREAS, there is a concerted effort to block implementation of civil rights protection for gays and lesbians, evidenced by the passage of Amendment II by the voters of Colorado in November, 1992, and,

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