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Presbyterian Church (USA) Now Allows LGBT Clergy to Serve the Church

Post submitted by Sharon Groves, former HRC Director, Religion and Faith Program

Today the decision of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to remove all barriers to the ordination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as ministers and lay leaders, which was voted on and passed in May, goes into effect.  It is a historic day in the  Church.  Discrimination will no longer stand in the way of those who have received the calling to ministry. 

The Presbyterian Church (USA) is another denomination that has seen a new day in the intersection of faith and sexual orientation and gender identity.  This is not only good for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people but it is good for the soul of the church.  LGBT Presbyterians have been some of the most prophetic and faithful leaders within the Presbyterian Church and now they can bring their faith and their humanity fully into the work of building loving, God-affirming communities.  We thank More Light Presbyterians, Covenant Network of Presbyterians, That All May Freely Serve, Presbyterian Welcome, and Presbyterian Voices for Justice for their hard work and dedication in removing discrimination from the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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