U.S Presbyterians Stand Strong, Vote to Uphold Definition of Marriage


Contrary to advance reports which claimed the U.S. Presbyterians would vote to redefine their understanding of marriage, the Presbyterian General Assembly meeting in Pittsburgh this weekend voted to uphold their traditional understanding of marriage:

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) narrowly rejected a proposal to revise the traditional definition of marriage on Friday, a year after it struck down a barrier to ordaining gays.

The Presbyterian General Assembly, meeting in Pittsburgh, voted 338-308 against changing how marriage was defined in the church constitution from a "civil contract between a woman and a man" to a "covenant between two people." The assembly also rejected measures that would have affirmed a traditional definition of marriage or sought more theological study of the issue.

Other mainline Protestant churches have approved gay ordination or have permitted individual congregations to celebrate same-sex unions in recent years. The U.S. Episcopal Church, which is holding its national convention through next week in Indianapolis, will consider official prayers for blessing same-sex unions. However, only one major Protestant denomination, the United Church of Christ, has endorsed same-sex marriage outright. -- NY Daily News

U.S. Methodists voted to retain their traditional definition of marriage by an even wider margin recently.