This past weekend was the General Assembly of the PCUSA. We mentioned before that one of the topics on the Agenda was the issue of language pertaining to Gay Marriage. They were considering changing the language defining marriage from, “a man and a woman” to “between two people.” Well, GA is over and according to their statement they;
after about four hours of debate, the Assembly approved a proposal generated from within the Assembly Committee on Civil Union and Marriage Issues calling for two years of “serious study and discernment” regarding Christian marriage.
“hold different views about what the Scriptures teach concerning the morality of committed, same-gender relationships.”
This was not what many progressive men and women wanted from this weekend. Everything I have read seems that it was a close vote as well as a contentious one. What is important here is the language mentioned above, “serious study and discernment.” This could be a cop out and that is not what many of the LGBT member of the PCUSA wanted, but this is a huge step in a traditionally conservative denomination. This is an issue that will continue to be in the news and continue to split denominations. But, they are open to truly wrestle with it and dialogue through it. That is something, it’s not an outright rejection. Let’s just hope for true working of this issue out.