Presbyterian church changes church constitution to accept homosexual marriage

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    Mar 20, 2015 12:58 AM GMT
    I came out in this church 45 years ago, a week after I came out to the high school (1970). Looks like I was a wee bit ahead of the times.

    Surprised it took this long because there was relatively little controversy when I did it. I won't say that there was none, because a few people questioned 'my choice' mostly because I was just 16.

    Saddened really because my town is around 82% Republican so I expected quite a bit more in the way of an adverse reaction and was disappointed when I didn't get much.


    http://www.aol.com/article/2015/03/19/presbyterians-approve-gay-marriage-in-church-constitution/21155417/

    "NEW YORK (AP) - The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has expanded its definition of marriage to include a "commitment between two people," recognizing gay marriage as Christian in the church constitution after decades of debate over same-sex relationships.

    The redefinition was endorsed last year by the church General Assembly, or top legislative body, but required approval from a majority of the Louisville, Kentucky-based denomination's 171 regional districts, or presbyteries. The critical 86th "yes" vote came Tuesday night from the Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey.

    "So many families headed by LGBTQ couples have been waiting for decades to enter this space created for their families within their church communities," said the Rev. Robin White, a leader of More Light Presbyterians, which advocates for gay acceptance.

    After all regional bodies finish voting 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 and is now the largest Protestant group to authorize gay weddings churchwide.

    Last year, Presbyterians allowed ministers to preside at gay weddings if local church leaders approved in the states where same-sex unions were legally recognized. The new wording for the church Book of Order extends that authorization to every congregation and reads, "Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives.""
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    Mar 22, 2015 7:19 AM GMT
    I no longer identify with any particular denomination, but this was great to see not only here but on my Facebook feed! Maybe they decided LGBT people were predistined to be that way icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 22, 2015 12:10 PM GMT
    This really has the potential to be huge...

    All the conservative pundits who keep trying to force the issue that heterosexual marriages are "The Christian Way" now have an entire division of Christians who say otherwise.

    The blanket statements will all get tossed out, and with their Religion no longer able to cover up and justify their hate, all the haters will be exposed as exactly that... sad, sorry haters.

    I'ma get some popcorn and watch this unfold...
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    Mar 22, 2015 1:42 PM GMT
    JonSpringon saidThis really has the potential to be huge...

    All the conservative pundits who keep trying to force the issue that heterosexual marriages are "The Christian Way" now have an entire division of Christians who say otherwise.

    The blanket statements will all get tossed out, and with their Religion no longer able to cover up and justify their hate, all the haters will be exposed as exactly that... sad, sorry haters.

    I'ma get some popcorn and watch this unfold...


    Is the Presbyterian Church the first of the major denominations to do this? It's certainly as mainstream as any of the brands that I know of. One could think that if this church did it then Methodist won't be far behind.