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Presbyterians Narrowly Vote Down Marriage Equality

Post submitted by Paul Guequierre, HRC Staff

Although the momentum toward marriage equality in communities of faith is strong, delegates to the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s national conference Friday narrowly voted against changing the denomination’s definition of marriage to include gay and lesbian couples.  By a narrow 338-308 vote, delegates opted not to change the Church’s definition of marriage from “a civil contract between a woman and a man” to “a covenant between two people.”

We are disappointed in Friday’s vote, but we are confident in the progress that’s been made in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and other denominations.  People of faith are with us on matters of LGBT equality.  Last year HRC released a poll showing the vast majority of people of faith support fairness, and do so not despite their faith, but because of it. 

As my colleague Rev. MacArthur Flourony said, “A growing number of denominations are seeing 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.”

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