Local weddings for Presbyterian gay couples unlikely, pastor says

 First Presbyterian Church of Crestview

Same-sex couples can’t process down the First Presbyterian Church of Crestview's aisle unless state law changes, the pastor consents and local church leaders approve.

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Published: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 02:49 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly's June 19 decision to permit same-sex marriages won’t immediately result in local weddings.

The decisions to redefine marriage and permit pastors to perform such weddings were difficult to arrive at, church leaders said.

“Both decisions came with much thought, discussion and prayer, and clearly the entire body that is the PC (USA) will be interpreting these actions for some time,” church leaders stated in a letter to congregations.

Because Florida does not allow same-sex marriages, “the vote is kind of a moot point,” said the Rev. Mark Broadhead, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Crestview and the Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church.

“I think this a divisive issue within our denomination and has been for 40 years actually,” Broadhead said. “I can understand both sides of the argument.”

The decisions

Meeting in Detroit, the 221st General Assembly changed language in the Book of Order to say “marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman,” the church leaders’ letter stated.

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