*The Associated Press reported that homosexual rights advocates in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) plan to celebrate as changes to their church constitution take effect.
Gone will be the requirement that clergy live “in fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.”
Elimination of that language clears the way for ordination of clergy in same-sex relationships.
The change was endorsed last year by the Presbyterian national assembly, but required approval by a majority of the denomination’s 173 regional presbyteries. That threshold was crossed in May.
Each regional body will still decide who it should ordain, and some districts are expected to continue to reject homosexual candidates.