What Rabbis Can Do to Help Protect Legal Rights in Same-Sex Relationships

By Arthur Gross-Schaefer, Robert Dixon

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2007

This article is a practical guide for rabbis, outlining some of the avenues that are available today to help alleviate the legal nightmares that may arise with regard to same-sex relationships. The authors advocate that rabbis who choose to perform same-sex commitment ceremonies strongly encourage same-sex couples to draft legal documents that will afford each person certain legal rights in case of separation, death or incapacity. This article provides information as to the legal structures and documents that will increase the rights of same-sex couples so that they might have some of the rights automatically given to heterosexual married couples.

Topic: Homosexuality, Rabbinic Counseling, LGBT Issues, Law, Marriage, GLBT Issues

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.71/No.2

Page Number(s): 43-54

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Gross-Schaefer, Arthur. Dixon, Robert. What Rabbis Can Do to Help Protect Legal Rights in Same-Sex Relationships. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2007: 43-54. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4682


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