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