Presbyterian Presbyopia

July 7, 2012

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) narrowly rejected a proposal Friday to revise the traditional definition of marriage, a year after it struck down a barrier to ordaining gays.

The Presbyterian General Assembly, meeting in Pittsburgh, voted 338-308 against changing how marriage was defined in the church constitution from a “civil contract between a woman and a man” to a “covenant between two people.”

A day earlier:

The Presbyterian Church USA narrowly rejected a proposal to divest its portfolio from companies that supply equipment to Israel, which, it alleges, enforce Israeli control in the “occupied territories.”

The vote was 333 to 331 with two abstentions.

So Presbyterians came nearer to divesting from Israel than to recognizing gay marriage.  John Calvin would be proud.

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