An association of more than 200 rabbis has unanimously endorsed the right of same-sex couples to obtain civil marriage licenses.
At a convention this week in Wyncote, Pa., the liberal Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association said it was responding to "attempts to present religious traditions ... as being uniformly opposed to equality for gay men and lesbians."
The Reconstructionist movement is among the smallest of the five branches of American Judaism.
It has supported the rights of rabbis to marry same-sex couples since 1993.
"Civil marriage for same-sex couples must include all the benefits commonly bestowed upon opposite-sex couples, including, among other rights, health care coverage and related decision-making, privileges under immigration and naturalization law, survivor benefits, inheritance rights and child custody," the rabbis state in their resolution.
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