US Conservative Jews rule in favour of Gays

The US Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which interprets religious law for the Conservative movement of Judaism, has ruled to allow both commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples and the ordination of gay and lesbian rabbis.

“We rejoice that, like our ancestor Jacob, our sisters and brothers in Conservative Judaism have wrestled with this difficult question for a blessing,” said Harry Knox, director of the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign. “This historic decision represents a major expansion of the role of lesbian and gay rabbis in the leadership of the Conservative movement and a fuller embrace of the whole lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews.”