07-15 Court Rule on Marriage
A Message from the Executive Presbyter's Desk...regarding same-gender marriage...

presbyterian-church-usa-logo-colorPCUSA Approves Same-gender Marriage

A Message from the Executive Presbyter's Desk

As you know, the US Supreme Court has ruled that same-gender marriage is now legal in all 50 states. This is a ruling for states and not for congregations. Therefore, our local congregations will each have to make their own decision about whether they will welcome same gender marriage ceremonies in their buildings. This is not a decision of the presbytery, but a decision to be made by your session.

I am including a link here to a Q & A sent out by our denomination's stated clerk, Gradye Parsons. This may give you some clarity or guidance as you make this decision. Some churches will respond reactively and wait to see if they have any requests for such marriages. Others will be proactive and make a policy in advance of potential requests. No matter how you respond, this may bring up debate and conflict within your session. This issue is not purely intellectual but is emotionally charged for many people. Please know that your congregational consultant and our Shalom team members are ready to help you work through this sensitive issue. 

I pray that your discussions and processes will be sensitive and respectful in tone. Jesus calls us to love all and to judge no one so those mandates guide us through times like these. Please let me know if I can assist you as you move forward. 

Peace and Blessings,

Penny Hill
Executive Presbyter

Q&A on Same-Gender Marriage from the Office of the General Assembly


Last Published: January 10, 2018 10:33 AM
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