The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is poised to abolish a celibacy requirement for gay and lesbian clergy, after decades of debate that has divided the denomination and split Protestants worldwide.
The church adopted the new policy at its national assembly last year, but needed approval from the majority of its 173 presbyteries, or regional church bodies. The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area, based in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., is expected to cast the key vote in favor of the change Tuesday night.
“I do have moments when I’m pinching myself. I feel like, ‘Is this real?’” said Michael Adee, a church elder and executive director of More Light Presbyterians, which advocates for gays and lesbians. “More people will be able to live the truth of their lives, parents will talk more about having gay kids and people will come out in Presbyterian churches.”
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