Will the Presbyterian Church Finally Approve Sexually Active Gay Clergy?

At the Presbyterian Church’s annual General Assembly meeting in Minneapolis, members are debating whether to permit non-celibate gays and lesbians to become ordained and whether the church should start fully supporting same-sex marriage.

The church’s Civil Union and Marriage committee voted 34-18 to allow it, recommending changing the constitutional definition of marriage to a union between “two people.” (Since 2004, the Presbyterian body, representing some two million members, has backed same-sex civil unions.) That decision, along with whether gay clergy who have The Sex can serve will be voted on this week by the full General Assembly.

If either measures are approved, they would need to be ratified by member churches over the coming year — something they’ve refused to do for over a decade as this issue continues popping up.