GAY MINISTERS….Here’s some good news:
A Presbyterian Church (USA) committee approved a proposal Tuesday that calls for removing the denomination’s 25-year prohibition on allowing non-celibate gays and lesbians to serve as ministers, elders and deacons.
….Many Presbyterians are weary of the debate – two other efforts to repeal the ban have failed in recent years by increasingly wider margins. In addition, the newly elected moderator of the assembly and a prominent pro-gay ordination lobby group, the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, have said it is too soon after the unsuccessful votes to try again.
Instead, the measure heads to the full assembly with momentum.
This is more evidence, I think, that the country’s mood is changing on the issue of gays. More and more people are accepting the simple fact that discrimination against gays makes no sense, and are ready to send a message to the Rick Santorums of the world.
Let’s hope this proposal passes the full assembly.