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11-15-11

Orthodox Rabbi Officiates at Gay Wedding

An Orthodox rabbi, Steve Greenberg, who is openly gay, officiated at a same-sex wedding.

An Orthodox rabbi, Steve Greenberg, officiated at a same-sex wedding.

Greenberg, who is openly gay, married Yoni Bock and Ron Kaplan at the 6th & I Synagogue in Washington last week, Roee Ruttenberg reported in +972 Magazine.

The ceremony was held under a chuppah and included the breaking of a glass and the exchanging of rings. The ketubah, or marriage contract, was replaced with a Shtar Shetufim, or partnership contract.

"We were encouraged by the legislation of same-sex marriage in our home state of Washington, D.C., Bock and Kaplan wrote in a guide to the ceremony, according to Ruttenberg. At the same time, both of us wanted a ceremony that would be meaningful halachically (in terms of religious Jewish law) and create a set of Jewish legal obligations between us."

It is believed to be the first time that an ordained Orthodox rabbi has officiated at a same-sex marriage in the United States.

via jta.org

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