DETROIT — Members of the Presbyterian General Assembly last week approved a proposal that allows ministers to officiate same-sex marriages in states where they are legal.
The Associated Press reported the policy — which received approval during a meeting of the Presbyterian Church’s top legislative body in Detroit — will only apply to those congregations in which local leaders approve.
Rev. Krystin Granberg of the New York Presbytery — which is in one of the 19 states and D.C. in which same-sex couples can legally marry — told the Associated Press that she frequently receives requests from gays and lesbians who want her to officiate their weddings.
“They want to be married in the church they love and they want me to do it,” she told the newswire. “I want pastoral relief.”
But Bill Norton, of the Presbytery de Cristo, which includes portions of Arizona and New Mexico, is among those who opposed the proposal.
The church legislative body during their Detroit meeting also voted overwhelmingly to recognize same-sex marriage as a Christian institution. The Presbyterian General Assembly also approved a proposal to define marriage as a union between “two people” as the Associated Press reported.