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After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the largest group of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the church’s constitution to include same-sex marriage! The constitution now replaces marriage between "a man and a woman" with "two people, traditionally between a man and a woman." This is really good to hear. So much of what LGBT people face when dealing with religion seems to focus around getting away from that environment. Not that isn't a good choice if that's what they feel works for them but I feel like LGBT Christians sometimes get overlooked or are simply dismissed as an oxymoron. It's nice to know that those who don't want to choose between their religion and having a family/relationship are beginning to have some options.
In Christianity (at least Catholicism), changing Church doctrine is more about reinterpreting the messages in the Bible rather than simply saying "God totally changed his mind." Some people are seeing this as a "clear sign that people just change religion however they want," but I think it's more about being willing to read into religion in a more open minded way.
@Spudsy2061 I do think that, ultimately, many of the religious that aren't incredibly strict in their control over all aspects of lifestyle will change. It's just a matter of asking "when"! @BreeHorne Me, too!
A quantillion AMEN to the Presbyterian Church. I love the new definition they put for marriage!
@missophiestik I thought it was really well said, too. The kind of moderate statement this change needs to begin with: "Yes, it was traditionally man and woman, but we are working to allow deviations from that." It still includes the premise that so many people find important (that it may have been traditionally only man and woman) but also allows for appropriate changes.
As a Catholic is discourages me the way the Church can still turn their head on the issue. The political climate is generally moving in the right direction, as this Presbyterian church has proven. Having said that, we will get there. Pope Francis is one of the more moderate Popes of our time, and I feel good change can come from his watch, if he decides against the retirement he recently announced he was considering. Having said that I don't think this kind of change will happen under him, but he certainly could plant the seed.
Didn't a ton of people already leave this main denomination for previous changes, though? How many churches/member does this really reflect?
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