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Presbyterian Church (USA) votes to allow same-sex weddings in church

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 19, 2014 | 4:53 pm

This is a big deal:

By a 76-24 percent vote, the General Assembly of the 1.8 million-member PCUSA voted to allow pastors to perform gay marriages in states where they are legal. Delegates, meeting in Detroit this week, also approved new language about marriage in the church’s Book of Order, or constitution, altering references to “a man and woman” to “two persons.”

This change will not become church law until a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries vote to ratify the new language. But given the lopsided 3-1 ratio of the vote, approval is expected.

More here from Religion News Service. It will be interesting to see how quickly, and how many, congregations ratify. As in many denominations, church treatment of homosexuality has driven a wedge between congregations within the PCUSA.

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