Presbyterian Church's ban on ordaining gays who aren't
celibate also extends to candidates for ministry, the
denomination's high court said.
Judicial Commission took up the issue in the case of a
lesbian who was allowed to become a candidate for ministry
in the Mission Presbytery in Texas even though she
said she was in a same-sex relationship.
The moderator of
the Texas governing body had said at the time that the
requirement of chastity for unmarried clergy did not apply
to those entering the candidacy process. The
presbytery then voted to support the woman's
candidacy, moving her closer to ordination.
year, she withdrew her name from the roll of candidates.
But the Judicial Commission said in a May 7 statement that
it was still concerned that leaders of the Mission
Presbytery had misread the denomination's governing
Book of Order and therefore ''misled'' those who voted
on the woman's candidacy.
Protestant groups, the Presbyterian Church has been debating
for years how it should interpret Scripture on gay
relationships and other issues. Congregants who
support full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the
church have tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to challenge
the ban. (AP)