Church of Scotland to debate opening ministry to people in same-sex marriages

The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland will debate whether congregations should be allowed to consider calling a person in a same-sex marriage as a minister or deacon when it meets in next year.The discussion will take place in May 2016, after a majority of the Kirk’s 45 Presbyteries voted in favour by approving an Overture amending the Ministers and Deacons in Civil Partnerships Act (Act I 2015).At the previous General Assembly, held in May 2015, the Church of Scotland approved legislation which gave leave to individual congregations to call a minister or appoint a deacon who was in a civil partnership. This legislation, however, did not include recognition of ministers or deacons who might be in a same-sex marriage.

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