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Presbyterian Church officials move toward marriage equality


Members of the Presbyterian Church took a big step this week: At a meeting of the General Assembly, 71% of delegates voted to change the church’s definition of marriage from “a man and a woman” to “two persons.”

Before it can officially go into effect, it must be approved by a majority of the denomination’s 172 regional governing bodies. Perhaps more importantly, though, the delegates also voted that Presbyterian ministers ARE allowed to perform same-sex marriages in the states where it’s legal.

For several years, the Presbyterian Church has generally allowed ministers to bless same-sex unions as long as they don’t characterize them as marriages. But today’s move represents major progress, said Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light Presbyterians, which advocates for LGBT equality within the church.”

“The church affirmed all its faithful members today,” he said in a press release.“This vote is an answer to many prayers for the church to recognize love between committed same-sex couples. 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.”

This is SO cool. That hostile gap between religion and LGBT people? It’s slowly beginning to close. 

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