The United Church of Christ, a full-on Christian organization with Sunday school and covered-dish suppers and all that, voted yesterday to embrace same-sex marriages and establish a policy of not discriminating against couples based on gender. Eighty percent of the 884 members of the church council went for it. The vote, which is not binding on individual churches in the UCC, will undoubtedly antagonize some congregations. (St. Petersberg Times)
A small group of conservative congregations had proposed an alternative resolution defining marriage as between a man and a woman and suggested that supporting gay marriage could lead to the UCC’s collapse. The Rev. Brett Becker, who represents a group of the UCC’s more conservative churches, said it’s possible his congregation at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Cibolo, Texas, will leave the UCC over the resolution.