Friday, July 9, 2010

The Church Not Yet Ready

The 219th General Assembly voted Thursday to keep the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

The vote was 348-324, with six commissioners abstaining.

For some background on this story, from The Presbyterian Church USA site (

"Just prior to the Assembly’s action, the body accepted the recommendation of the General Assembly Civil Union and Marriage Issues Committee to approve the report of the Special Committee to Study Issues of Civil Union and Christian Marriage by a vote of 439-208. The Assembly decided to send both the special committee report and the minority report generated by three members of the special committee to the larger church for study after a motion to replace the final report with the minority report was defeated, 358-311."

The 219th General Assembly Moderator Cindy Bolbach said during a press conference, “The church was not yet ready to make a decision,” said following adjournment. “This kind of thing happens at every assembly.”

"The church was not yet ready." Never have truer words been said, sadly.

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