Presbyterian Church extends ban on gay ministry

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) has extended it's ban on non-celibate gays and lesbians in the ministry.

The Permanent Judicial Commission of the church's General Assembly, the highest court of the Louisville-based denomination, ruled last week in a Texas case that gays and lesbians cannot seek to become candidates for the ministry.

The Texas case involved a woman who was accepted in 2005 as a candidate for ministry - a formal step toward ordination - by the Mission Presbytery, a local governing body in Texas.

The presbytery approved her candidacy, even though its moderator told members the candidate was a lesbian living in a committed, same-sex relationship.

Presbyterian church law allows for the ordination of only those who are in a faithful, heterosexual marriage or who are single and living in chastity.

The woman withdrew her candidacy, but the ruling clarified the church's law on the issue, the commission said.

Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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