Presbyterian Church (USA) officially supports same-sex marriage

As a follow-up to the last post, the Presbyterian denomination representing 1.8 million members voted to modify their marriage definition to include gay couples.

You can read about this in the New York Times.

As the article states, there are now a number of large denominations which fully embrace gay couples in marriage:

  • Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Episcopal Church
  • United Church of Christ
  • Quakers
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Unitarian Universalist Association of Churches
  • In Judaism, the Reform and Conservative movements

A conservative evangelical Christian reader may see this list as confirmation that only "liberal" groups support gay marriage. However, for me it is encouraging to see the variety of support across different groups who all base their faith on the Bible and a shared Christian tradition. We even have supporters in Judaism who share the majority of our Scriptures (the Tanakh or "Old Testament"), including those passages which many say are against homosexuality (which I discuss in my essay).