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Presbyterian Church vote on same-sex union ceremonies looks close

Posted: Friday, February 02, 2001

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) -- A vote on whether to ban ceremonies for same-sex couples in the 3.6 million-member Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) looks very close.

Presbyweb.com, an independent news Web site based in Oskaloosa, reported 16 regional units, known as presbyteries, voting to ban same-sex ceremonies and 40 to allow them as of Jan. 29.

Passage of the ban requires approval from 87 presbyteries in meetings around the nation through mid-April.

Presbyweb.com said six presbyteries that favored a 1997 law barring actively homosexual clergy and lay officers are now voting not to ban same-sex unions. If another six presbyteries move the same way, Presbyweb.com said, then the proposal will be defeated.

The issue ''will be decided by a narrow margin,'' the denominational news office in Louisville, Ky., predicted.

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On the Net:

Vote tally: http://www.presbyweb.com/VotesOnA-B-O.html



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