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    That voters approved in November, and which took effect January 1, has most of its verbiage devoted to saying no clergy person is required to perform such marriages.  

    Which was already the law in every state I know.  Every rabbi ordained in the Conservative movement must agree that he or she will not perform any interfaith marriage - both partners must be Jewish by birth or conversion.  Violate this and you are no longer a Conservative rabbi, which is basically the rule for Orthodox rabbis except the latter doesn't recognize any non-Orthodox conversions.  With Reform and Reconstructionist rabbis, it's a matter of individual discretion - if the couple commits to raising any children to be Jewish they will perform the marriage, if not then most will refuse.  With all but the Orthodox recognizing same sex marriage now, these rules will apply to same sex couples.

    My point is that no state to my knowledge requires clergymen or clergy women to perform marriages that violate the strictures of their church-synagogue-mosque-temple, and marriage equality changes nothing.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:44:24 PM PST

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