24 May 2016
Over in the UK, the Church of Scotland has voted to let its ministers enter into same-sex marriages.
However, it still “maintains its traditional view of marriage between a man and woman.”
At its general assembly, meeting in Edinburgh, the Church of Scotland voted over the weekend to allow congregations to “opt out” from traditional teaching if they wish to appoint a minister or a deacon in a same-sex marriage.
On the other hand though, Church of Scotland clergy will not be allowed to conduct same-sex weddings. A debate on whether to sanction gay marriages within the church won’t be held until the church’s Theological Forum presents a report next year.
Scotland’s official church is a Presbyterian denomination with about 400,000 members.