Presbyterians push again for gay clergy

Regional presbyteries must follow suit
The nation’s largest Presbyterian denomination has again pushed open the door to ordaining noncelibate gay and lesbian clergy, though the decades-old fight is far from over.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly, meeting in San Jose, California, voted 380 to 325 to remove a clause in its constitution that required clergy to be either faithful in a heterosexual marriage or chaste if they are single.

But that action adopted June 27 still needs approval by a majority of the PCUSA’s 173 regional bodies, or presbyteries. Similar votes to drop the “fidelity and chastity” clause failed to win ratification by the presbyteries in 1997 and 2000.


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