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Presbyterians on Sunday to celebrate end of ban on LGBT clergy

The Presbyterian Church (USA) on Sunday, July 10, will begin a new chapter in the faith lives of LGBT people when changes to the church’s constitution go into effect allowing the ordination of openly LGBT ministers, elders and deacons.

Top leaders of More Light Presbyterians, the oldest pro-LGBT organization in the denomination, will hold a press conference on Friday, July 8, to respond to the new ordination standards and share the significance of this positive move for the church.

Stories of faithful LGBT candidates and church vibrancy within inclusive congregations helped 97 of 173 regional presbyteries vote to drop all barriers to ordination for LGBT people. They reached the required 87 presbyteries in May and almost all presbyteries increased their support for moral equality from their votes in previous years.

To celebrate on July 10, dozens of congregations across the country will mark the moment with prayer and rejoicing in their worship services.

The historic significance of this policy change echoes the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s removal of barriers to women serving as ministers, elders and deacons a generation ago.