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Presbyterian assembly says gay marriage is Christian; allows pastors to perform gay weddings
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, June 19, 2014 8:27 PM EDT
The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church has taken major steps toward recognizing gay marriage.
The Presbyterian delegates in Detroit also voted to allow pastors starting this weekend to preside at gay weddings in states that recognize same-sex marriage.
In 2011, the church eliminated barriers to ordaining clergy with same-sex partners. Since then, 428 of the denomination's more than 10,000 churches have left for other more conservative denominations or have dissolved. The church now has about 1.8 million members.