Presbyterian Church to allow pastors to marry same-sex couples

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(CNN) — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will permit pastors to marry same-sex couples in states where it is legal, the church said on its Twitter account Thursday.

To become church law, the change would need to be approved by a majority of 172 local presbyteries.

“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, a group that supports gay rights.

“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.”

The presbyteries have a year to vote on the change, according to Kathy Melvin, a church spokeswoman.

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

Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 U.S states and the District of Columbia: 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.

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2 comments

  • Joe Camel

    In case the Presbyterian Church USA has forgotten the word of God….

    Marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman ordained by God not men.
    He (Jesus) answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19:2-9

    What is the purpose of Marriage
    Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking?
    Malachi 2:13-16

    Godly offspring, if you are having trouble with that question, you cannot have Godly offspring joining male and male and female and female. Once again mankind has taken the good things that God has created and perverted them.

    And what exactly shall those who participate in such perverseness expect.

    For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
    Romans 1:26-27

  • Joe

    Rules for Radicals, Obama's bible, just as priests of this church, just act like your one of them while using mastery of deceit.