Conversion and Marriage after Transsexual Surgery

Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), 1990

This CCAR Responsum addresses a complex two part question regarding: 1) "whether or not an applicant for conversion, after already having a sex-change operation, be allowed to have a religious conversion," and, 2) "if the applicant is converted, should the rabbi sanctify the civil marriage through a religious ceremony (kiddushin)? The particular situation is further complicated given that the applicant had a change of heart after sex reassignment surgery. After having his male genitalia removed and a cosmetic vagina constructed, he no longer desired to be a woman, and wanted to live as male.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Ritual, Gender, Homosexuality, Conversion, LGBT Issues, GLBT Issues, Identity

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Genre: Responsum

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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