By Marilyn Joyce Lehren
The Presbyterian Church USA will quietly usher in gay ordination when an amendment on Sunday formally enters the Book of Order of the church’s Constitution.
The change comes after 33 years of contentious discussion within the Presbyterian Church and as the gay-rights movement gains momentum in other Protestant Churches.
“This is a very historic day,” said Rev. Daniel L. Martian, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Livingston.
The new policy makes it easier for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. to ordain gays and lesbians as clergy if they chose by dropping a policy requiring unmarried clergy to remain celibate. “Now that the prohibition is over with, we can come to the bar and have a drink without getting arrested,” Martian said...