What do you think will happen to the Presbyterian Church (USA) now that it has voted to officially sanction gay marriage?
THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER:
Maybe not much.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) announced March 17 that a nationwide referendum among regional bodies (“presbyteries”) has redefined marriage as “between two people, traditionally a man and woman” so same-sex couples can wed in church. This historic change will be very upsetting for a sizable minority but eruptions could be muted, for three reasons.
* First, some who consider Bible-based tradition a make-or-break conscience matter have already quit the PC(USA).
* Second, conservatives who remain risk loss of their properties if they leave.
* Dissenting clergy and congregations are told they won’t be forced to change their stand or conduct gay nuptials.
But Carmen LaBerge, president of the conservative Presbyterian Lay Committee, is wary.