Friends, the General Assembly just voted by a vote of 380-325 to remove the clear language of G-6.0106b.
What this means is that gay, lesbian, transgendered, those sexually active outside the bounds of marriage between husband and wife can now be ordained as ministers of the word and sacrament and elders in the Presbyterian Church.
This will still have to be voted upon by the presbyteries for their approval to change the constitution.
This is a sad day. We will now be facing two years of bitter debate and struggle in all our presbyteries.
What is needed now is prayer. That God can and will still work to preserve our constitution.
After prayer, what is needed is intelligent and strategic work to ensure that happens.
We've got a lot of work ahead of us.
This is a sad day.
This General Assembly has endangered the peace and unity of God's church.