While I agree that homosexual marriage should be considered in the same category as heterosexual marriages, I think some of the challenge arises from the problematic nature of traditional halachic marriage which can be argued is based of the patriarchal act of a man buying a woman. It seems to me that the decision of the conservative movement was not made because of unwillingness to afford homosexual unions the same status but because of their discomfort with this traditional framework. I think that while kiddushin is the standard practice for heterosexual marriages there should be atleast a discussion of how this can be applyed to those who want this model for their same sex union. On the other hand, I appreciate the fact that many couples (both heterosexual and homosexual) do not find this traditional ceremony compelling or relevant.
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from the article: The Conservative movement must endorse equal same-sex marriage