PCUSA Heads to Vote for Amendment of Marriage Definition
By Grace Oshiro - Crossmap On July 5, 2012
PCUSA is set to vote on the proposal to amend the traditional definition of marriage.
The committee on Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee has agreed to consider two agendas at the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
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The proposal gained 28 to 24 votes at the committee on Tuesday.
If passed by the General Assembly and approved by the presbyteries, the suggested amendment will change the definition of marriage "between a woman and a man" to "between two people."
It also includes the change of the definition of marriage from a "civil contract" to a "covenant" that "according to the laws of the
state also constitutes a civil contract."
A live blog of the committee stated that they also agreed on sending another proposal, which requires the whole
denomination to participate in "a season of serious study and discernment concerning the meaning of Christian Marriage" which will continue until the next General Assembly in 2014.
This proposal asks the denomination to hand out educational materials to all of its presbyteries in order to involve church members.
"These materials should include the relevant scripture key methods of biblical interpretations current understanding of our constitution and some suggested guidance for prayerful and reconciling ways of listening to one another," said the website about the General Assembly created by a pro-gay group More Light Presbyterians.
"The committee's desire is to prompt the church to have deep discussion around Christian marriage," Aimee Moiso, committee moderator, stated on the blog.
The amendments are confirmed when the majority approval from the denomination's 173 presbyteries is gained.
The Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee will announce its report on Thursday or Friday before the plenary takes place.