Presbyterian Committee OKs Same-Sex Marriage

The Presbyterian Church (USA) could become the nation’s largest Christian denomination to approve of same-sex marriage. At the denomination’s General Assembly in Minneapolis, a committee put forth a recommendation in favor of allowing for same-sex marriage in the church. Another committee recommended ordaining non-celibate gays and lesbians. Both measures would have to gain approval from regional presbyteries before going into effect.

The denomination currently has just over 2 million members – down from a peak of 4.25 million in 1965. The Chicago Presbytery includes 100 churches with a total of 40,000 members.

Since 2000, the denomination has allowed Presbyterian ministers and churches to bless same-sex relationships. The denomination also has officially endorsed state civil unions for same-sex couples since 2004.

Many Presbyterian clergy in Illinois have signed the faith petition to show their support for the civil unions bill. See a full list of signers here.

Whether you are Presbyterian or a member of any other religious denomination or tradition, please add your name here.


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