Amid shouts of joy and cries of lament, some Presbyterians stop to take stock of the newest amendment to the Presbyterian Church U. As reports began to leak Tuesday evening that gender would no longer be a barrier to marriage in the Presbyterian Church U. Soon Facebook and Twitter were filled with press releases, blogs, and secular news articles. Read more about the passage of the marriage amendment here.
U.S. Presbyterian Church Ordains First Gay Minister
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The change was endorsed last year by the Presbyterian national assembly, but required approval by a majority of the denomination's presbyteries, or regional church bodies. Paul, Minn. Sixty-two presbyteries have voted against the measure and balloting will continue, but the majority needed for ratification was secured in Minnesota. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Ariz.
Presbyterianism and homosexuality
MILWAUKEE — A man who left his Presbyterian ministry in California more than 20 years ago after telling his congregation that he is gay was welcomed back into the church leadership on Saturday as its first openly gay ordained minister. In a quavering voice ripe with emotion, year-old Scott Anderson told the hundreds of friends and backers who packed Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin for his ordination ceremony that he never thought the day would come. When he was presented to the crowd, audience members gave him a thunderous standing ovation and began roaring with cheers. Anderson was closeted when he served as a minister in Sacramento, Calif. When a couple threatened to reveal his sexual orientation, he came out to his congregation and resigned because the Presbyterian Church U.
At that time, the Presbyterian Church in the U. Last year, however, the National Assembly of the Presbyterian Church voted to remove the ban. Before revealing his homosexuality, Anderson served as a minister in a Presbyterian ministry in Sacramento, Calif. He came out to his congregation and resigned after a couple threatened to reveal his sexual orientation. There have, however, been rumblings that by ordaining Anderson, there is likely to be a split in the Presbyterian church.