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Pittsburgh area Presbyterian leaders vote to endorse same-sex marriage

Friday, May 15, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A regional governing body serving Presbyterian congregations in the Pittsburgh-area has voted to endorse same-sex marriage in church life.

Ministers and elders of the Pittsburgh Presbytery symbolically voted 122-110 in favor of the amendment after a spirited debate. The vote had no practical impact since the congregation's General Assembly already authorized same-sex church weddings in states where they are allowed by law.

In past years the presbytery had voted against ordaining non-celibate gays or blessing their relationships and several churches left the presbytery because of a trend of liberal moves.

Members can host same-sex marriages and ministers can now perform them, but they are not required to.

The Pittsburgh Presbytery is the sixth-largest presbytery in the U.S. with more than 30,000 members in Allegheny County.

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