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Statement on Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Vote Against Same-Sex Marriage
July 6, 2012
On Friday, July 6, 2012, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted 308-338 against a resolution to change the definition of marriage from "a woman and a man" to between "two people" in the Church’s constitution. The amendment was presented by the Civil Union and Marriage Committee. The Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, President of Auburn Seminary, has issued the following statement in response to the vote. Statement from The Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, President, Auburn Seminary We are disappointed that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted against revising the standard in the Church’s constitution that would change the definition of marriage from "a woman and a man" to between "two people," and would have allowed same-gender couples to marry within the Church. The change would have been a step in the direction of making the Church not only welcoming, but also affirming of the covenant of marriage for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are part of the Church. As Presbyterians, we believe that we best discern the will of God by talking together with those with whom we differ. We appreciate that the PC(U.S.A.) had this very important conversation. We still believe there is far more that unites us than divides us. We pledge ourselves anew to talk, worship, and serve alongside those who do not share our views. We also pledge ourselves to continuing to work for a Church that is inclusive of all God’s children. We pray that we continue together in our journeys of faith, hope, and love.
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