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Presbyterian Church On The Verge Of Redefining Marriage To Include Same-Sex Unions

| by Tony Tran
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The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is on the precipice of a monumental change in their religious views as they are mere votes away from revamping their definition of marriage to include same-sex marriages, according to the Blaze

If passed, this resolution will have to reconcile with those views of the mainstream Presbyterian faith. 

Less than a year ago, the Presbyterian Church voted at a General Assembly meeting in Detroit to officially accept same-sex unions and change its Book of Order to redefine marriage. Instead of being "between a man and a woman," a marriage is now viewed as being between "two people, traditionally a man and a woman."

According to the Blaze, the newest resolution to officially include same-sex marriages within the definition will pass if a majority of the denomination's 172 governing bodies, or "presbyteries," vote in favor of it within the year. 

As of now, the resolution has garnered 79 votes, which means they would need only seven more in order to pass.

If the resolution passes, the definition would change on Jun. 21, 2015. 

This isn't the first time the issue of gay marriage has caused controversy and conflict within the denomination. Back in 2010, another resolution to recognize gay clergy members caused as many as 150 congregations to leave the denomination.

Many of the churches and presbyteries havealso been at odds with the Presbyterian Church as they attempt to settle disputes over land rights. In fact, the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church that tried to keep its church property eventually paid the denomination $9 million to purchase it.

So for now, the Presbyterian Church will have to wait and see if the resolution passes. If it does, they may see an even bigger split in their churches.

Source: The Blaze Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons