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Presbyterians (USA) approve marriage equality

Presbyterians (USA) approve marriage equality

From Rachel Zoll, AP religion writer:

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved redefining marriage in the church constitution Tuesday to include a “commitment between two people,” becoming the largest Protestant group to formally recognize gay marriage as Christian and allow same-sex weddings in every congregation.

The new definition was endorsed last year by the church General Assembly, or top legislative body, but required approval from a majority of the denomination’s 171 regional districts, or presbyteries. The critical 86th “yes” vote came Tuesday night from the Palisades Presbytery in New Jersey.

After all regional bodies vote and top Presbyterian leaders officially accept the results, the change will take effect June 21. The denomination has nearly 1.8 million members and about 10,000 congregations.

Read it all here.


Posted by John B. Chilton


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Eric Bonetti

Here I was thinking they had reverted to the traditional definition of marriage: 700 wives and 300 concubines. 1 Kings 11 😉

Jean Lall

Ah, those were the good old days, weren’t they, Eric, back when Family Values really meant something.

You have to wonder, though, whether it wasn’t a bit unfair to the self-sacrificing husband. Think of the demands on his health! ; )

Christopher Donald

This is wonderful news. As someone who was raised a Presbyterian before joining the ECUSA, and watched the minister from the church he grew up in almost be defrocked for blessing same sex marriages, it is good to see the church moving forward to recognize the dignity of all unions under God.

Paul Woodrum

After much debate and some rendering of garments, I trust Episcopalians meeting in General Convention will approve marriage equality and establish yet another commission to work on changing the canons and skirting the language of the Book of Common Prayer.

Gary Paul Gilbert

This was not about redefining marriage but rather opening marriage up to same-sex couples. Marriage does not change.

It took the Presbyterians ten years to catch up with the United Church of Christ. Now Episcopalians can try to catch up.

Gary Paul Gilbert

JC Fisher

Thank you, GPG. I objected to the language of “redefining marriage” also.

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