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Synagogue to Host Discussion on the Implications of Civil Marriage for NY LGBT Couples

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In less than two weeks, all loving and committed couples will be able to marry in New York State. But what does this really mean for couples who have already been together for years and have built their lives jointly?

On July 21, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the LGBT Synagogue in New York City will host a panel discussion called Legally Married: Everything you’ve wanted to know about marriage but were afraid to ask. The panel discussion seeks to answer questions about how marriage equality in New York will affect the everyday lives of gay and lesbian couples.

Panel participants include lawyers with expertise in employment, AIDS law, adoptions, donor and parenting agreements, non-marital partnership contracts, and immigration. A lawyer and CPA with experience in taxes and estate planning for families headed by same-sex couples will also participate.

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is an interdenominational synagogue in Manhattan with members from many branches of Judaism. The largest LGBT synagogue in the world, CBST is led by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, who was named one of the top Jewish leaders in the United States by The Forward, The New York Jewish Week, and Newsweek. Assistant Rabbi Rachel Weiss is active in social justice and interfaith work. Through Koleinu, the synagogue’s social justice arm, members advocated for marriage equality in New York. Rabbi Kleinbaum was a visible presence in Albany in the days before the vote.

Legally Married: Everything you’ve wanted to know about marriage but were afraid to ask

Thursday, June 21, 2011, 6:30 pm

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah

57 Bethune St., New York, NY 10014.

A Facebook event for the panel and discussion can be found here.