North Alabama Presbyterians APPROVE same-sex marriages

The North Alabama Presbytery (PCUSA) APPROVED same-sex marriages in a 28 yes – 24 no vote affirming Amendment 14-F of their “Proposed Amendments to the Constitution – Amendments to the Book of Confessions and the Book of Order” (2014-proposed-boa).

The fundamental essence of this vote effectively changes the earlier language in the constitution “marriage is a civil contract between a woman and a man” to “marriage is a civil contract between two persons”.

The North Alabama Presbytery met Saturday, February 21, 2015 for their quarterly meeting. This group represents congregations located in Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan counties in Alabama.

This national amendment allows – but does not require – Presbyterian ministers to perform same-sex marriages in states where same-sex marriage is legal. It allows ministers and church elders to determine whether or not a same-sex marriage – or any other marriage – can be held on church property. The final decision will rest with each church’s minister.

This effectively allows the larger Presbyterian Church nationally to approve/allow same-sex marriages while deferring the actual decision-making on the actual act of marriage to the local level.

In order for the amendment changes to become official nationally, 86 out of the Presbyterian denomination’s 171 presbyteries must approve the change by a similar voting methods. As of this report, 58 presbyteries nationwide have voted in favor and 23 presbyteries have voted their opposition.

Earlier in February, the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley, which represent the vast majority of central Alabama Presbyterian Churches (presbytery-of-sheppards-and-lapsley-church-list), also voted 75-39 to approve the amendment.

 

North Alabama Presbyterians APPROVE same-sex marriages

There was more to the voting than just Amendent 14-F in this conflab; the North Alabama Presbytery (PCUSA) also cast votes on these other pertinent and meaningful changes to their constitution:

14-1 – Confession of Belhar — 33 yes; 15 no
14-A – Renunciation of Jurisdiction – 20 yes; 24 no
14-B.1 – Preparation for Ministry Process, Final Assessment — 40 yes; 8 no
14 -B – Accommodations: 36 yes; 6 no
14-C – Child Protection Polity – unanimous yes
14 – D – Composition of a Presbytery – 35 yes; 13 no
14 – E – Interreligious Stance – 35 yes; 10 no

You can learn more about the North Alabama Presbytery (PCUSA) on their Facebook.

 

North Alabama Presbyterians APPROVE same-sex marriages

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