Resolution Adopted by the CCAR

MARRIAGE LAWS

Digests of resolutions adopted by the
Central Conference of American Rabbis
between 1889 and 1974

1. In view of the fact that increasing laxities in the marital relationship are awakening greatest alarm and is becoming a matter of deep concern for the preservation of the sanctity of the American home,

And in view of the fact that this evil is to a large extent due to the laxity and diversity of marriage and divorce laws in the different states of our country,

And in view of the fact that active measures are being taken by various organizations of our country in bringing about the introduction of more vigorous and uniform laws on marriage and divorce,

Be it resolved, That the Central Conference of American Rabbis, guided by its knowledge that the preservation of Israel during all the ages of its persecution was to a very large extent due to the sanctity of the marital tie, endorses every effort making towards the safeguarding of the American home, and pledges its hearty support towards bringing about the desired legislation.

Your committee concurs in the recommendation of this resolution and favors a uniform national law to regulate marriage and divorce and endorses every legitimate endeavor made towards that end. (1906, p. 65)

2. The Conference favors a uniform national law to regulate marriage and divorce and endorses every legitimate endeavor made toward that end. (1906, p. 192)

3. Resolved, That the Central Conference of American Rabbis declare itself in favor of and pledge its support to legislation providing for a doctor's certificate prior to the issuance of a marriage license. Moved as an amendment to the resolution that what was said last year on the subject be reaffirmed. (1913, p. 134)

4. We urge that a uniform law for all States be enacted providing for 1) An interval of seven days between time of application for marriage license and the issuing thereof, except in emergency. 2) A thorough examination by a physician. 3) An elementary course in problems of marriage and family life. (1935, p. 76)