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Colorado Springs First Presbyterian Church May Leave Denomination Over Gay Marriage Tension

Gay Marriage

First Posted: 03/ 3/2012 10:24 am Updated: 03/ 3/2012 11:29 am

Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- The 4,000-member First Presbyterian Church in Colorado church plans to ask members Sunday whether to proceed with efforts to leave their denomination.

The Gazette reports ( http://bit.ly/zqXpnm ) the Colorado Springs church is considering leaving the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), possibly for the conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. The congregation plans a "non-technical" vote Sunday, which could be followed by an official vote.

The Colorado Springs church says the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is moving to a more liberal interpretation of the Bible, causing tension around topics including the definition of marriage.

Regional bodies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) last year agreed to allow the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy in committed relationships. Church leaders are expected to vote this summer on whether to allow ministers to officiate at same-sex weddings.

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