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Gay clergy in Scotland

The Church of Scotland's General Assembly voted 351-294 May 23 to "consider further the lifting of the [2009] moratorium on acceptance for training and ordination of persons in a same-sex relationship."

That moratorium responded to controversy around one partnered gay minister, Scott Rennie.

But the assembly also voted to allow gay and lesbian ministers and deacons ordained before 2009 to stay in the church and change parishes if they chose to do so.

After much debate on Scripture and same-sex relationships, the church said a theological commission will bring recommendations to the 2013 General Assembly and "[consider] whether ministers should have freedom of conscience to bless civil partnerships and the possible liturgy for such occasions."


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