Mark and Charlie's Blog

Blog > Mark and Charlie's Blog > Presbyterians Vote to Allow Same-Sex Marriages

Presbyterians Vote to Allow Same-Sex Marriages

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted at its General Assembly on Thursday to change its constitution’s definition of marriage from “a man and a woman” to “two people,” and to allow its ministers to perform same-sex marriages where it is legal.

Both measures, passed by large majorities, are a reversal for a church that in 1991 and in 2008 barred its pastors from performing same-sex marriages, and that has held ecclesiastical trials for ministers who violated the ban and blessed gay couples.

The Presbyterian Church, a historic mainline Protestant denomination that spans a broad spectrum from liberal to conservative evangelicals, has been mired in the debate over homosexuality for about three decades. The General Assembly’s decision in 2010 to ordain openly gay ministers caused many congregations, including some of the largest, to depart.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/20/us/presbyterians-vote-to-change-defini...

 

Other Articles You May Like

The presidential campaigns of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced late Sunday that they were...
A Dallas County grand jury is expected to indict former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel on Tuesday on a charge of...
A married Oregon pet shop worker went through some monkey business to pay for a prostitute. In some primitive...
Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio have agreed to coordinate in future primary contests in a last-...
The U.S. plans to send up to 250 additional military personnel to Syria to help local forces fighting Islamic...