Religious Liberty, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Case of Reconstructionist Judaism

By Rebecca T. Alpert

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 2003

This article discusses the conflict that arises between civil and religious marriage in the United States in cases where the religious institution approves of a type of marriage that the state rejects, for example with same-sex marriage. The author argues that if religious denominations are willing to endorse same-sex marriage, they ought to have the right to confer the same societal benefits for those marriages as for those of heterosexuals. The author suggests that religious denominational support of same-sex marriage creates an opportunity for progressive religious groups to exert influence on public policy by demanding the right to perform same-sex marriages that have legal authority based on religious liberty and religious values such as economic justice and support for building family networks.

Topic: Civil Rights, Homosexuality, Religion and State, LGBT Issues, Marriage, GLBT Issues

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.68/No.1

Page Number(s): 33-42

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Alpert, Rebecca T. Religious Liberty, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Case of Reconstructionist Judaism. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 2003: 33-42. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4176


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