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Presbyterian Assembly: Gay Marriage is Christian

By Rachel Zoll and Jeff Karoub | Friday Jun 20, 2014
The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted by large margins to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."

Presbyterian Pastors Can Preside At Gay Marriages

Thursday Jun 19, 2014
The largest Presbyterian denomination in the U.S. will allow pastors to preside at gay weddings in states that recognize same-sex marriage.

U.S. Presbyterians Narrowly Reject Same-Sex Marriage

By Rachel Zoll | Sunday Jul 8, 2012
The U.S. branch of the Presbyterian Church, a major Protestant denomination, narrowly rejected revising redefining marriage to include LGBT parishioners at a synod in Pittsburgh.

Presbyterian Churches Ignore SF Minister’s Censure

Wednesday May 16, 2012
Representatives of dozens of West Coast Presbyterian churches are defying their denomination’s highest court by refusing to censure a retired minister who married same-sex couples in 2008.

Presbyterian Church in Wis. to Ordain 1st Openly Gay Minister

By Dinesh Ramde | Sunday Oct 9, 2011
More than two decades after Scott Anderson told his California congregation that he was gay and therefore must resign as its pastor, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) is preparing to welcome him back with mostly open arms.

Mexican Presbyterians Break with U.S. Over Gays

Saturday Aug 27, 2011
Presbyterians in Mexico are breaking ties with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) because of differences over homosexuality.

Presbyterian Reverend Welcomes Ordained Gay Ministers, Awaits Sanctioned Same-Sex Marriages

By Dan Meyer | Friday Jul 15, 2011
The Rev. Jean Southard, a retired minister in the Boston Presbytery, faced a three-year trial after she officiated a same-sex couple’s wedding in 2008. She described the Presbyterian Church’s decision to allow openly gay and lesbian ministers as a step in

Presbyterians Drop Anti-Gay Policy Barring GLBT Clerics

By Kilian Melloy | Sunday Jul 10, 2011
American people of faith celebrated another milestone on July 10, when the Presbyterian Church (USA) officially eradicated an anti-gay policy barring openly gay and lesbian clerics.

LGBT People of Faith See Some Light

By Kilian Melloy | Friday Mar 4, 2011
Anglican bishops on both sides of the issue of gay clergy have come together to discuss the issue, while a Presbyterian church trial has cleared a gay pastor who married his same-sex spouse in California in 2008.

Presbyterian leaders approve gay clergy policy

By Patrick Condon | Friday Jul 9, 2010
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.S.