LGBT leaders in the Presbyterian Church (USA) are very hopeful that Presbyterian commissioners to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) have set a trend for more inclusion as they worked in committees on the first two full days of a full week of meetings, in Minneapolis that will close on July 10. More Light Presbyterians are blogging the events—and even live-blogged committee debates. The PC(USA) would be the largest denomination to allow same-sex marriage if the recommendations are passed. The legislation is expected to come before the full body for debate and a final vote on July 8 or 9. The committees recommended that:
- Pastors have discretion to celebrate legal weddings and civil union ceremonies;
- The definition of marriage apply to “two persons” instead of “a man and a woman”;
- There be one set of standards for ordination rather than having a separate standard for gay and lesbian candidates for ministry.