JCRC opposes constitutional prohibition of gay marriage

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The S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council has released a statement condemning a proposed constitutional amendment against gay marriage.

Rabbi Doug Kahn, the JCRC’s executive director, said the statement is a follow-up to a similar position against Proposition 22, which, in 2000, added the line to the state’s family code: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

“The organized Jewish community supports the goal of extending the common benefits and protections that flow from marriage to same-sex couples,” Kahn said.

Though, at the same time, “the JCRC, of course, believes that the state should not preclude religious denominations the prerogative of defining marriage as they do.”