After 33 years of proposals, voting, and defeat, on May 10 the PCUSA approved Ordination Amendment 10-A, which allows individual churches and presbyteries to ordain gay clergy and lay leaders if they so choose. Passed by a simple majority of presbyteries across the country, the amendment permits each congregation to call ministers, elders, and deacons who best fit its unique needs without regard to marital status or sexual orientation. It is a victory long overdue.
Michael Adee, gay elder in the Presbyterian Church and executive director of More Light Presbyterians, says he believes the amendment offers an "unconditional welcome and invitation to faith, grace, salvation, church membership and ministry to all of God's children, not just some." Adee likens the journey to a mountain climb; and the summit of this particular mountain has been claimed in the name of those who have been turned away from their call to serve, desire to worship, and need to gather together in a community of faith.