Presbyterians approve marriage equality in church constitution
America’s largest Presbyterian denomination has announced a change to its constitution that allows for a more inclusive definition of marriage. Officially called Amendment 14-F, the new wording in the denomination’s Book of Order will describe marriage as being “between two people.”
About 71 percent of PC (USA) leaders approved of the change during a general assembly meeting last June. The church had been waiting for a majority of its 172 Presbyteries, or regional bodies, to approve the measure one by one. On Tuesday, this majority was reached, with 86 Presbyteries handing in decisions to support same-sex marriage within the church.
“Today we are rejoicing!” said the Rev. Robin White, co-moderator of the LGBT advocacy group More Light Presbyterians. “So many families headed by LGBTQ couples have been waiting for decades to enter this space created for their families within their church communities.”