U.S. Presbyterian Church Votes to Allow Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies

The largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S. voted today in Detroit to allow the clergy to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in the states where gay marriage is recognized. Passed by 76 percent of its 1.8 million members, the provision will amend the church’s Book of Order, or constitution, to now read “two persons” instead of “a man and woman” in its language about marriage.

According to Religion News Service, today’s vote will not become church law until it is voted on and passed by a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, though the change is expected to pass.

The adoption of gay marriage ceremonies is being viewed as a measure to combat dwindling membership, which conservatives say can be attributed to the church’s embrace of liberal ideals.

And though the vote passed by a three-to-one ratio, the addition of gay marriages to the church remains a tenuous proposition, especially in more conservative parts of the world where the church has a presence.

[USA Today]

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

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