MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Leaders of the Presbyterian church have voted to allow non-celibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy.
Thursday’s vote isn’t a final stamp of approval for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) or its more than 2 million members. But it’s a step that could make the church one of the most gay-friendly major Christian denominations in the country.
Delegates voted during the church’s general assembly in Minneapolis, with 53 percent approving the more liberal policy. A separate vote is expected later Thursday on whether to change the church’s definition of marriage from between “a man and a woman” to between “two people.”
But such changes would take effect only if approved by a majority of the church’s 173 regional presbyteries.