Shame they did not examine their own consciences further and introduce a humane approach that respected human dignity.
I understand the NZ Anglican church are heading towards a similar debate about same sex marriage and gay clergy ordination – maybe they will do better?
To be fair to them, they are a Presbyterian church and so are governed by an annual parliament (the general assembly). A result as close as this suggests the issue will be reintroduced as a bill next year
again and would stand a good chance of being passed then. This was certainly what happened with the United Reformed Church in the UK and in due course will happen too in the church of Scotland. All of these are also democratic churches.
Personally I would prefer gay rights to be something a majority consensus supports rather than the imposed will of some distant elite.
Although human and civil rights should not be decided by a majority vote. Especially over innate issues such as orientation.
I am married in the Holly Greek Orthodox Church – and very happy.