Presbyterians vote to allow same-sex marriage

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(CNN) — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to allow pastors to marry same-sex couples in states where it is legal.

The church also voted, by an overwhelming majority, to change the language about marriage in the church constitution to “two persons” from a “man and a woman,” according to More Light Presbyterians, a group that supports gay rights.

To take effect, that change would need to be approved by a majority of 172 local presbyteries, which have a year to vote, the church said in a statement.

However, starting Saturday, pastors can go ahead and begin marrying same-sex couples in the states that allow it, according to Toya Richards Jackson, a church spokeswoman.

“The church affirmed all its faithful members today. This vote is an answer to many prayers for the Church to recognize love between committed same-sex couples,” said Alex McNeill, executive director at More Light Presbyterians.

“We will keep praying that the majority of our 172 presbyteries will confirm that all loving couples can turn to their churches when they are ready to be married.”

Another Presbyterian group, the Presbyterian Lay Committee, protested the vote, saying the church “has committed an express repudiation of the Bible.”

The group called for adherents to make their voices of opposition heard, and even withhold money from the church.

“The Presbyterian Lay Committee mourns these actions and calls on all Presbyterians to resist and protest them,” the group said in a statement.

Close to half of the clergy in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) work in areas where same-sex couples can legally marry.

In the U.S., same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia and 19 states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

7 comments

  • Tolle Lege

    “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.

    They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

    Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.

    In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

    Romans 1:24-27

  • Tolle Lege

    “Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”

    Genesis 18:20-21

    • Carter McBryde

      Just so you know Sodom and Gommorah was destroyed because they refused to give to the poor. Ezekiel 16:49-50 declares, “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” Not because of homosexuality.

  • Pam

    “You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.”

    Leviticus 19:27

    “And He said to them, Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.”

    Mark 10:11-12

    “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.”

    1 Timothy 2:9

    “You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.”

    Leviticus 19:19

  • takenobull

    Well I suppose if the residential areas they Church is in are full of Gays then you can understand why they need to delete part of the bible to keep membership up.

    • Pam

      You mean like all the religions who constantly ignore the parts of the bible about divorce, eating shell fish, and well honestly most of the bible. So many religious hypocrites.

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