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US Presbyterians get green light for same-sex weddings

A same-sex couple exchanges rings during their wedding ceremony on October 15, 2008 in San Francisco, CaliforniaThe nearly 1.9 million member Presbyterian Church USA has given its pastors the green light to marry gay and lesbian couples, in another coup for marriage equality in the United States. The decision by the influential mainline Protestant denomination’s General Assembly in Detroit, which ends Saturday, follows “much thought, discussion and prayer,” it said in a statement. The biannual General Assembly also approved a change to the church’s Book of Order, or constitution, which will now define marriage as “traditionally” between a man and a woman. On Thursday, some 2,000 opponents of same-sex marriage staged a March for Marriage in Washington, despite opinion polls that indicate that a majority of Americans now accept marriage equality.

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