The Presbyterian Church U. The move reflects a monumental shift in the 2. A majority of the church's regional bodies, or presbyteries, defeated a similar measure to allow gay clergy two years ago. The church's general assembly voted on the amendment to its Book of Order last summer , opening the door to gay, non-celibate clergy.
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Presbyterian leaders voted Thursday to allow non-celibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy, approving the first of two policy changes that could make their church one of the most gay-friendly major Christian denominations in the U. But the vote isn't a final stamp of approval for the Presbyterian Church U. Delegates voted during the church's general assembly in Minneapolis, with 53 percent approving the more liberal policy on gay clergy. A separate vote is expected later Thursday on whether to change the church's definition of marriage from between "a man and a woman" to between "two people. Such changes must be approved by a majority of the church's U. Two years ago, the assembly voted to liberalize the gay clergy policy — but it died last year when 94 of the presbyteries voted against it. Under current church policy, Presbyterians are only eligible to become clergy, deacons or elders if they are married or celibate.
Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted to accept gay clergy
After 33 years of debate, the Presbyterian Church U. The Twin Cities presbytery, which covers Minneapolis and St. Paul, cast the deciding vote at its meeting on Tuesday.
A debate that has raged within the Presbyterian Church for more than three decades culminated Tuesday with ratification of a measure allowing the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers and lay leaders, while giving regional church bodies the ability to decide for themselves. With the vote of its regional organization in Minnesota, the Presbyterian Church USA became the fourth mainline Protestant church to allow gay ordination, following the Episcopal and Evangelical Lutheran churches and the United Church of Christ. The Minnesota vote was closely followed by one in Los Angeles. But under church rules, such changes must then be ratified by a majority of the regional organizations known as presbyteries. Late Tuesday, at a meeting in St.