Our Presbyterian Church (USA), meeting in Pittsburgh the first week of July, narrowly rejected a proposal to revise the traditional definition of marriage. Speaking for the majority, Jodi Craiglow from Ohio said, “I must affirm the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. As much as my heart breaks for your (referring to gay Presbyterians) pain and frustration, I must simply hold to the standard of the God I love.”
Presbyterians also voted to reject a plan to divest from three companies whose products are used by the Israeli government to maintaini the occupation of Palestinian territories. Instead, the Presbyterians adopted a measure calling for investment that contributes to peace in the region.
The General Assembly will meet again in 2014.