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Assembly Votes to Ban Same-Sex Unions
by Deanna Tiefenthal for That All May Freely Serve
(Long Beach CA, June 30, 2000) -- The 212th General Assembly voted narrowly
"to prohibit ministers of the Word and Sacrament from performing or
blessing same-sex unions or ceremonies that emulate marriage ceremonies".
The vote of 268 to 251 (51% to 48%) came at 9:45 pm after about an hour and
twenty minutes of debate of the full General Assembly.
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July 1, 2000
Presbyterians Vote to Ban Clergy From Conducting Unions of Gays
By GUSTAV NIEBUHR
LONG BEACH, Calif., June 30 -- In a close vote, the top policy-making body
of the Presbyterian Church (USA) approved an amendment to the church's
constitution tonight forbidding ministers from conducting same-sex unions.
Within the last year, for example, two ministers within the larger United
Methodist Church have been brought to trial for violating a law of their
denomination forbidding same-sex unions. Both were convicted and one was
defrocked, while the other was suspended from his duties.
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