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Sat May 21, 2016, 03:12 PM

Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Gay Marriage for Clergy

Source: Associated Press

Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Gay Marriage for Clergy

LONDON May 21, 2016, 9:53 AM ET

The Church of Scotland has voted to let its ministers enter same-sex marriages though saying it "maintains its traditional view of marriage between a man and woman."

At its general assembly, meeting in Edinburgh, voted Saturday to allow congregations to "opt out" from traditional teaching if they wish to appoint a minister or a deacon in a same-sex marriage.

However, Church of Scotland clergy will not be allowed to conduct same-sex weddings. A debate on whether to sanction gay marriages within the church won't be held until the church's Theological Forum presents a report next year.

Gay marriage has been a divisive issue for religious groups around the world. Scotland's official church is a Presbyterian denomination with about 400,000 members.


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Eugene May 2016 OP
Old Union Guy May 2016 #1

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Sun May 22, 2016, 08:51 AM

1. Interesting compromise


They can't perform same sex marriage, but they can be in such a marriage.

Performed in some other church (not "established" that allows it?

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