Two Jewish women will marry in the first Australian same-sex commitment ceremony by a Reform rabbi.
Nicky Glover and Michelle Sanders, who held a secular ceremony under a chuppah, will celebrate a religious commitment ceremony at Emanuel Synagogue in Sydney after the birth of Sandersâ€™ child later this year.
â€œThe kosher ceremony will be at Emanuel after our child is born,â€ Sanders, 40, who is pregnant, told the Australian Jewish News. â€œAt that one there will be three of us.â€
The child will be the first Australian Jew whose same-sex parents were united in a synagogue service.
The senior rabbi of the synagogue, Jeffrey Kamins, will officiate at the ceremony.
â€œWe understand the prohibitions on same-sex relationships to be related to the cultural context of 2000 years ago, which included the practice of polygamy and manâ€™s authority over woman,â€ Kamins told the newspaper of the biblical injunction in Leviticus.
The Union for Progressive Judaism approved same-sex commitment ceremonies last June.
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