Presbyterian Assembly Votes to Drop Homosexual Clergy Ban

This is not set in stone yet. It still has to be voted on by the churches before it becomes permanent. In the past, when this has been put before the churches, they have voted not to adopt it.

WASHINGTON – The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), bitterly divided over sexuality and the Bible, set up another confrontation Friday over its ban on ordaining non-celibate gays and lesbians.

The denomination’s General Assembly, meeting in San Jose, Calif., voted 54 percent to 46 percent Friday to drop the requirement that would-be ministers, deacons and elders live in “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between and a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.”

More conservative Presbyterians can take comfort in the fact that twice before – in 1997 and 2001 – the nation’s presbyteries overwhelmingly rejected efforts to rescind the gay ordination ban.

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