Sunday, October 9, 2011

Presbyterian Church Ordains First Gay Minister; Church's Assembly Voted to End Gay Ban Last Yr.

A man who left the Presbyterian ministry in California 20 years ago -- after telling his congregation that he is gay -- was welcomed back into its church leadership yesterday as its first openly gay ordained minister, the Associated Press website reports today (October 9, 2011).

Scott Anderson, 56, told the hundreds of friends and backers who packed Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wisconsin for his ordination ceremony that he never thought the day would come.

"To the thousands of Presbyterians who have worked and prayed for almost 40 years for this day, I give thanks," Anderson said.

Anderson was closeted when he served as a minister in Sacramento, California from 1983 until 1990.Although the Presbyterian Church(USA) barred homosexuals from serving as ministers, things changed in 2010 when the church's national assembly voted to remove the ban.

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