Meeting June 26-July 3 in Richmond, Va., the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly voted 259-255 to maintain its current policy of not ordaining "self-affirming, practicing homosexuals." The July 2 vote, which had been averted for three years, secured and upheld the denomination's 1978 policy that "unrepentant homosexual practice does not accord with the requirements for ordination."
Delegates feared changing the policy would affect a task force on unity, which is seeking solutions to church divisions on such issues as gay clergy. The task force will report its findings at the 2006 assembly.
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