PCUSA Makes Marriage a 'Unique Commitment'

Majority of presbyteries vote to no longer limit marriage to a man and a woman.
PCUSA Makes Marriage a 'Unique Commitment'
Image: Screenshot, PCUSA.org
This PCUSA map shows which presbyteries have voted yes (orange), no (pink), or not yet (grey) as of March 17, 2015 at 11:52am

The Presbyterian Church (USA) will now define marriage as a "unique commitment between two people," rather than a lifelong covenant between a man and a woman as an act of Christian discipleship.

Last June, the PC(USA) general assembly voted to change the language in its Book of Order, the denomination’s governing constitution. Following the vote, a majority of the PC(USA)’s 171 presbyteries also had to approve the measure for it to go into effect. On Tuesday, this number (86) was reached.

The conservative Presbyterian Lay Committee (PLC) criticized the denomination’s shift.

“In terms of the PCUSA’s witness to the world, this vote demonstrates a complete accommodation to the prevailing winds of our culture,” said Carmen Fowler LaBerge, PLC president, in a statement. “Any prophetic voice that the denomination may have once had to speak truth and call people to repentance is now lost."

The Book of Order's new definition ...

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