An openly-gay American rabbi has become the first man ordained by the Orthodox movement to officiate a same-sex wedding ceremony.
Last week, openly gay Rabbi Steven Greenberg presided over the wedding of Yoni Bock and Ron Kaplan at Washington DC’s 6th and I Historic Synagogue, with 200 guests looking on.
The couple had dated since 2005 and agreed to get married in 2008, choosing to wait until it became legal.
“We were encouraged by the legislation of same-sex marriage in our home ‘state’ of Washington, DC,” Bock and Kaplan wrote in the ceremony guide.
“At the same time, both of us wanted a ceremony that would be meaningful halachically (in terms of religious Jewish law) and create a set of Jewish legal obligations between us.”
A number of Jewish same-sex couples have now married in US areas that acknowledge gay and lesbian unions, but none were officiated by a rabbi who holds Orthodox ordination.
Greenberg publicly admitted his sexuality following his ordination from an Orthodox rabbinical school, making him the first openly gay practising Orthodox rabbi.
His book, Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition, led him to be shunned by some in the Orthodox community.
See more of the wedding ceremony here.