WILMINGTON, Del. — Less than a week after the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved allowing same-sex marriages in its constitution, a Delaware congregation with ordain as ministers a married, same-sex couple.
Kaci Clark-Porter and her wife, Holly, will be ordained Sunday at Wilmington’s First and Central Presbyterian Church.
It’s a history-making moment for the historic church off Rodney Square, and is possibly the first joint ordination ever of a same-sex couple. National church officials don’t keep such statistics, but they couldn’t point to other examples.
As for the couple, married three years, Sunday is the culmination of years of self-examination and intensive training side by side. Both were raised in conservative Texas households, divorced their husbands and came out in their twenties during seminary.
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The church, with more than 200 straight and LGBT members, was among the first Presbyterian churches to rally for ordaining openly gay leaders in the late 1990s, according to pastor Doug Gerdts.