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Presbyterian Church Ordains First Openly Gay Man

This post comes from Joanna Blotner, HRC Religion & Faith Program Coordinator

This past Saturday, Scott Anderson became the first openly gay man to be (re)ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Human Rights Campaign extends heartfelt congratulations to Rev. Anderson and to the Presbyterian Church on this historic occasion!  The ordination was held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, WI; Rev. Anderson and his partner of 20 years have lived in Madison since 2003 when Rev. Anderson moved there to serve as the executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches.  

Earlier this year the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to remove all barriers to the call of out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to serve as ordained ministers or church laity.   Though many LGBT people serve in the Presbyterian Church, they can now do so openly, bringing their full selves and their abundant gifts to the call of ministry. It’s fitting that Rev. Anderson’s ordination occurred the weekend of National Coming Out Day.

You can watch some of the footage from Rev. Anderson’s ordination and hear him discuss the personal significance of Saturday’s ceremony in an interview with CNN. Congratulations again to Rev. Scott Anderson, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and to all who have worked so hard to bring about this joyous occasion: Covenant Network, More Light Presbyterian, That All May Freely Serve and others.

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