Presbytery OKs first step for lesbian's ordination

Follows procedure approved in 2006
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved in 2006 a procedure for ordaining gay and lesbian candidates for ministry, but the first step in that direction was not taken until a San Francisco regional body did so last month.

Lisa Larges, 44, who has twice been denied ordination because of her sexual orientation, was narrowly approved 167-151 on January 15 by a presbytery committee to move along to other tests of qualifications as soon as April. However, opponents were preparing administrative and church court challenges.

The case marked the first test of a procedure approved by the General Assembly in June 2006 that would allow an ordination candidate to avow his or her conscientious objection to a still-existing policy against ordaining noncelibate gay and lesbian ministerial aspirants.

“The church is a beautiful, messy thing,” Larges told Associated Press, adding that she is proud of the decision by the committee.


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