As GLAAD previously noted, many conservative regional presbyteries are voting in favor of ordaining openly gay clergy in a nationwide vote on a constitutional amendment. Sam Hodges of the Dallas Morning News reported:
In a break from the past, North Texas clergy and lay leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have voted to ease the way for ordination of openly gay pastors, deacons and elders.
Clergy and lay leaders of Grace Presbytery - the regional body covering 177 churches in North Texas and other parts of the state - voted Saturday to remove constitutional language requiring that ordained officers maintain "fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness."
The vote was 203-182 in favor of the change, with six abstensions, said Rob Allen, spokesman for Grace Presbytery.The latest tally shows 62 for and 81 against. The amendment will be won or lost by a simple majority of 87 presbyteries.