Presbyterian National Convention Votes Against Same Sex Marriage

07.09.10 | FL News Team

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Presbyterian Church delegates have put off a decision on whether to allow same-sex marriages.  Church leaders met in Minneapolis for their general assembly, voting to allow the ordination of openly gay and lesbian clergy.  But the marriage issue failed to garner enough votes to pass and was instead tabled last night.  The denomination will now take another two years to study the issue.  

Had it passed, the resolution would've changed the definition of marriage in the Presbyterian constitution from a civil contract between "a man and woman" to a covenant "between two people."  The Presbyterian Church would have been the largest Christian denomination in the U.S. to permit same-sex marriages.  The state of Minnesota, however, does not legally recognize such commitments.