The resolution's author, David Belin, a Des Moines lawyer who serves on the organization's board, says rabbinic officiation at interfaith weddings could actually work in favor of Jewish continuity, since rabbis could encourage the interfaith couples they marry to keep a Jewish household and rear their children as Jews.
But he added that rabbinic officiation at least carried ``no downside risk'' of alienating an interfaith couple from Judaism, a risk that might be posed, he said, by a rabbi's refusal to officiate.
He asks whether officiation
of either arabbi or a pastor or co-officiation
is ever a positive statement.
Each Rabbi should decide about officiation
according to his/her own rabbinic conscience," the resolution reads.
The resolution of the central conference, which passed resoundingly by voice vote at its convention here, has no practical religious consequences, since it avoids the question of rabbinic officiation
at same-sex marriages.
There are only three standards that are binding; the prohibition of rabbinic officiation
at intermarriage; matrilineal definition of Jewishness; and the requirement of a Get (religious divorce) prior to remarriage.
For example, we may take three of the most divisive issues on the contemporary Jewish agenda -- partilineal descent, rabbinic officiation
at interfaith marriages, and the acceptance of homosexual rabbis.
But attempted marriage has actually been construed to include things like civil unions or domestic partnerships, so other sorts of officiations
of a same-sex relationship have fallen into this attempted marriage category.