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US Presbyterian Church leaders approve non-celibate gay clergy

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  1. As a U.S. Presbyterian who has been very involved in these matters over the last 32 years I want to make it very clear that this is a proposal just to remove the explicit ban on the ordination of LGBT persons in partnered relationships, not an “approval”. It applies to clergy and lay officers (elders and deacons) alike. It would take away the binding language, and leave the decision up to the local congregation and/or presbytery (district). A majority of the 173 regional presbyteries must vote in favor of the proposal over the next year for it to be finally adopted by the denomination.

    Second, the Assembly failed to bring the proposal on allowing clergy to officiate at civil unions and marriages to a vote. So that is still undecided.