Fate of Presbyterian Church USA effort to redefine marriage to include same-sex unions uncertain

samesexBy Michael Gryboski

No certainty exists over the fate of an amendment brought before the regional bodies of Presbyterian Church (USA) that would redefine the denomination’s marriage definition to include same-sex unions.

Last month, the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country voted in favor of a recommendation to change the official definition of marriage in the Book of Order from “a man and a woman” to “two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”

Toya Richards, spokeswoman of the PC (USA) Office of the General Assembly, told The Christian Post that “we can’t speculate on that.”

At the PCUSA’s 221st General Assembly, held in Detroit, a supermajority of the delegates voted in favor of a recommendation to change the language in the Church’s Book of Order regarding marriage.


Presently, the Book of Order defines marriage as being between “a man and a woman”; the new language would remove the gender specific terminology.

To change the Book of Order’s language, a majority of PCUSA presbyteries, or regional bodies, must approve the amendment.