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PC(USA) Stated Clerk issues statement on Supreme Court’s action on marriage

General Assembly Stated Clerk Rev. Gradye Parsons has written:

Today’s [June 26] Supreme Court’s decision granting equal protection under  the law for same-gender, loving people and allowing their marriages to be recognized in all 50 states is welcomed by many within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Actions of the Supreme Court also allow for religious bodies to continue to teach and practice their faith consistent with their belief system. We recognize that within the PC(USA), there are teaching elders and sessions whose understanding of Scripture and the Will of God will prohibit them from performing or hosting wedding ceremonies between same-gender, loving couples. Neither the actions of the 221st General Assembly (2014), nor today’s Supreme Court decision will require them to do so.

The Office of Constitutional Interpretation has prepared a helpful set of FAQs for pastors, sessions, and mid councils to use in response to the decision of the Supreme Court." FAQs: Same Gender Marriage after Supreme Court: Obergefell v. Hodges

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