Local governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted to reject a measure that would have allowed clergy in same-sex partnerships.
A move to rescind a 1996 rule barring such clergy was approved by the denomination’s 2008 General Assembly, pending approval by a simple majority (87) of the church’s 173 presbyteries. As of April 27, 88 presbyteries had defeated the move.
It’s the third time in 12 years such a move has been defeated.
Tricia Dykers Koenig of the pro-gay Covenant Network of Presbyterians said “the big story” was that some presbyteries in traditionally conservative states such as Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Montana voted to support the measure.
However, Terry Schlossberg of the Presbyterian Coalition, which promotes conservative leadership and confessional standards, said, “Those who wish to change the biblically rooted standard have continually pressed the matter and required repeated votes that have had the same impact each time.”
The 2.3-million member PC(USA) is a full communion partner of the ELCA.
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