Leading Jewish seminary okays gay students
The Conservative branch holds the middle ground in American Judaism, adhering to tradition while allowing some change for modern circumstances.
The larger and more liberal Reform Jewish movement, as well as the smaller Reconstructionist wing, allow gays to become rabbis; the Orthodox branch bars gays and women from ordination.
Many opposed to openly gay and lesbian clergy at all levels, and blessings of their relationships (with or without official rites) justify their opposition on one line in the Torah and ancient Judaic traditions. We can only guess how they will continue to justify their opposition using that passage and those traditions, when the leading wings of Judaism now read their own Torah and tradition, as compatible with openly gay and lesbian rabbis.
The complete AP story can be read here.
A New York Times article, with brief reference to The Episcopal Church, is now available.