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GAY RIGHTS: Times changing for city, church

Letter by Rev. Dave Brown, Tacoma on July 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm | 79 Comments »
July 7, 2011 9:37 am

Re: “Flag will fly proud” (Kathleen Merryman column, 7-7).

Thank you for the column celebrating the gifts of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and highlighting Pride Every Day in Tacoma. The times are a changin’ – thank God.

On Sunday, the Presbyterian Church USA will officially change its policy concerning ordaining gay and lesbian persons as ministers, elders and deacons by replacing a section of the Book of Order that excluded them from office. This change was voted on by delegates to 2010 General Assembly and approved by a majority of presbyteries (local governing bodies) across the nation.

The change was wrought not by hierarchy but by local elders and ministers who voted. It is not welcome by all in my denomination but it is by those of us who have long celebrated the gifts brought to the church community by LGTBQ members.

(Brown is pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian in Tacoma.)

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