Largest Presbyterian Church in Arkansas Elects Gay Deacon

au_history_side“Little Rock’s Second Presbyterian Church, which has 1,700 members, elected a slate of a dozen adult deacons, including openly gay member Michael Upson.

The candidates ran unopposed and the slate was approved by voice vote. Only a smattering of “no” votes was heard, and the outcome was greeted with some applause. Second Presbyterian’s senior pastor, the Rev. Stephen Hancock, said he wasn’t surprised by the way his congregation handled the issue. “They did it the way I anticipated they would, I think, with thoughtfulness and care and respect for each other,” Hancock said. The vote comes one day after the Presbytery of Arkansas voted to remove restrictions on homosexual ordination from the national church’s Book of Order.” [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette]