The ordination of Church of Scotland ministers in same-sex relationships could be adopted this week as Kirk law
(SOURCE) The issue of gay ministers will be debated and voted on at the General Assembly in Edinburgh.
The assembly, which opens on Saturday, will vote to adopt as church law the ordination of ministers in same-sex civil partnerships.
If that is approved another vote will be held on Thursday in relation to ministers in same-sex marriages.
The ordaining of gay ministers has proved a controversial topic for years.
In 2009 some members attempted to block the appointment of the Reverend Scott Rennie, who is gay, to Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen.
At the Kirk’s gathering in 2011, commissioners voted to accept gay and lesbian clergy – on the condition they had declared their sexuality and were ordained before 2009.
The Kirk then prepared a report by its theological commission, which set out arguments on both sides.
Last year, the general assembly voted to allow presbyteries to debate whether congregations could opt out of its traditional stance and appoint homosexual ministers.
They also agreed to put new draft legislation out to local presbyteries to settle the issue once and for all.
The presbyteries came back in favour of change by 31 to 14.