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Presbyterian Update

Timothy Kincaid

March 11th, 2009

Presbyterians around the country continue to consider lifting the ban on gay clergy. And voting is illustrating a shifting on the position.

The commissioners of the Presbytery of Transylvania, which includes 56 Central and Eastern Kentucky counties, voted 83-61 Tuesday to approve an amendment that, if approved by the majority of the presbyteries in the U.S., would open the door for gays and lesbians to be ordained as pastors, elders and deacons.

This was a change in the Trasylvania position from prior votes. The current vote tally is 42 in favor of the change, and 68 opposed. Although it is likely to fail, so far 19 presbyteries have changed to a favorable position since the last vote in 2002.

No doubt Robert Gagnon is having a conniption.



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