The measure required ratification by a majority vote among the Presbyteries before taking effect. Neither became official church doctrine. Retrieved May 30, In the prohibition was tightened by requiring fidelity in heterosexual marriage or chastity in singleness. By a vote of —, the st General Assembly approved an authoritative interpretation permitting ministers and sessions in these states to use their own discernment in conducting same-sex marriages, effective June
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Presbyterianism and homosexuality
No congregation, he said, would be forced to conduct gay weddings. Retrieved August 12, Conservative groups are dismayed. This article needs to be updated. It allows same-gender marriage ceremonies to be performed by its ministers and opposes repeal of the Civil Marriage Act that allows persons of the same gender to be married. Voting nationwide had already shown a steady 55 percent approval rate, well before all regional church bodies had voted. Opponents who spoke were "predictable, seasoned, repetitive:
SinceThe Presbyterian Church U. No, said Pam Byers, voting elder in San Francisco. More than 2, Presbyterians from churches witnessed the launch of the new group, which was formed in reaction to a decision in July by the 2. The congregation has a deep sense of justice and tolerance. Presbyterian body, welcomes gay and lesbian persons to serve in leadership positions as ministers, deacons, elders, and trustees within the church based on the discernment of individual ordaining bodies.