Presbyterians have voted to allow their pastors to preside over marriages between people of the same sex in states where it is legal.
The move follows a 2010 vote in which the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) removed a clause requiring pastors to practice fidelity in marriage or chastity in singleness, triggering a mass exodus of traditionalists from the denomination.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), whose General Assembly starts this week in Detroit, has mirrored the decline of other oldline Protestant denominations. The latest membership statistics show a loss of 89,296 in 2013, preceded by a loss of 102,791 in 2012.
PCUSA membership is now down to 1,760,200, and at the current rate it could have no members in less than 20 years.
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SOURCE: Charisma News