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Jul 9, 2010 8:32 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Presbyterians divided over gays

U.S. Presbyterians continue to be divided over how to treat gay and lesbian Christians.

The church's leaders have approved a more liberal policy on gay clergy but decided not to redefine marriage in their church constitution to include same-sex couples.

Approval of both measures could have made the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) one of the most gay-friendly major Christian churches in the nation.

The split decision Thursday from delegates to the church's general assembly in Minneapolis guarantees even more debate among Presbyterians on an issue that has divided them for years. Even the issue of gay clergy isn't settled. To become policy, a majority of the church's 173 U.S. presbyteries must approve that measure.

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