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Presbyterian Church recognizes same-sex marriage as ‘Christian’

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Gary Lyon, of Leechburg, PA, left, and Bill Samford, of Hawley, PA., celebrate after a vote allowing Presbyterian pastors discretion in marrying same-sex couples at the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church at Cobo Hall, in Detroit, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 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."
DETROIT -- The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to redefine Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people" instead of only "a man and a woman." The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote [...]

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Presbyterian church in Philadelphia to welcome openly gay pastor

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
David Norse
PHILADELPHIA — A Presbyterian church in Philadelphia says it's welcoming an openly gay pastor. [...]

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Tampa church evicts Boy Scout troop after 60 years over policy to allow gay youth

Thursday, August 29, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa church has told a Boy Scout troop that it won't renew its sponsorship because of the national organization's decision not to ban openly gay Scouts. [...]

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Marriage roundup: Supreme Court showdown on the horizon

Thursday, July 12, 2012
All eyes are on the Supreme Court, with a big marriage showdown shaping up on the horizon. Two county clerks in Illinois have won right to defend the state's marriage ban. And equality gets a thumbs up from Methodists, and a thumbs down -- for now -- from Presbyterians. [...]

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Presbyterian Church votes ‘no’ on gay marriage, will continue to allow gay clergy

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) has rejected a call to change its definition of marriage to “a covenant between two people,” but will continue to allow the ordination of openly gay clergy. [...]

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New anti-gay Presbyterian denomination: Cowardly Lions

Friday, January 20, 2012
A new Presbyterian denomination is born: the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians — ECO was formed by pastors and laypeople in response to PCUSA’s decision to join the 21st century. They’re against gay people being ordained as ministers, and so started their own sub-denomination wherein such a thing would be [...]

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Meet Scott Anderson, soon to be first openly gay ordained Presbyterian USA minister

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Scott Anderson
“Our pastor is gay! Our pastor is gay! How can we possibly continue being Christians now?!” Okay, fine: I don’t actually know what the two people said to their fellow parishioners at Bethany Presbyterian when, in the spring of 1990, they decided to out their head pastor, Scott Anderson. But [...]

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Presbyterian Church begins ordaining openly gay clergy

Sunday, July 10, 2011
The Presbyterian Church on Sunday became the largest Christian denomination to ordain openly gay clergy, as a measure takes effect that will allow gay men and women in same-sex relationships to become ministers. [...]

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Presbyterian Church USA votes to allow openly gay clergy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The Presbyterian Church on Tuesday voted to change its constitution to allow the ordination of gays as ministers, elders and deacons, becoming the fourth Protestant denomination in the United States to make the move that experts say reflects a larger cultural shift. [...]

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Presbyterian minister rebuked, praised for performing same-sex unions

Friday, August 27, 2010
A retired Presbyterian minister was found guilty Friday by a church tribunal of presiding at the marriage of same-sex couples in 2008 and will be censured, pending an appeal. The six-member panel announced its verdict in the case of the Rev. Dr. Jane Spahr, of San Francisco, who was accused [...]

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