In their General Assembly 2014, the Presbyterian Church of the USA (PCUSA) approved a resolution to amend the church’s description of marriage from “between a man and a woman” to “between two persons” . However, to come into full effect, the resolution required ratification by a majority of the country’s regional presbyteries. That ratification has now been achieved. Alex Patchin McNeill,Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians notes in a press release that this is the first time ever that marriage equality has been approved by a faith tradition in a nationwide, grassroots popular vote.
At their General Assembly in 2014, the Presbyterian Church of the USA voted to change the church’s “definition” of marriage in it’s own Constitution, to make it gender neutral. That decision required approval by a majority of local presbyteries. After the Presbytery of East Tennessee became just the latest to approve the resolution, just 7 more votes in favour are required, for full ratification of the proposal.
Presbytery of East TN approves same-sex marriage amendment
(WBIR) The Presbytery of East Tennessee (PET) voted Saturday afternoon in favor of an amendment that would change the national church’s definition of marriage to “between two persons, traditionally a man and a woman.”
Currently, the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church defines marriage as “between a man and a woman.”
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or PC(USA) is asking representatives from each of its more than 170 presbyteries to vote on the issue of same-sex marriage.
Elected representatives from each East Tennessee congregation met in Chattanooga and narrowly approved the proposal, 61 yes, 56 no.
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