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Presbyterians Voting on More Open Stance on Gays

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Presbyterian leaders are set to vote on proposed constitutional changes that could make their church one of the most gay-friendly major Christian churches in the U.S.

Leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are meeting Thursday in Minneapolis for the church's general assembly.

They're expected to vote on whether to allow non-celibate gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy, deacons and elders. Leaders also could change the church's definition of marriage from between "a man and a woman" to between "two people."

But if both proposals pass, it wouldn't be a final stamp of approval for the church's more than 2 million members. Such changes could only be implemented if a majority of the church's 173 U.S. presbyteries approve.
      
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