This week, the Twin Cities Presbytery cast the majority vote needed to adopt this amendment – making the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) the latest mainline Christian denomination to allow lesbian and gay people to be ordained. It is the first denomination to adopt a measure like this through a grassroots, democratic vote – rather than by a top-level governing body.

This is a major milestone for the Presbyterian Church. However, its importance transcends this one denomination. This democratic vote in a moderate denomination suggests that something far greater is happening in America. People of faith, Christians in particular, are beginning to discover in their religious beliefs a confirmation of the blessed place held by lesbian and gay people in the church and society at large. [Emphasis added.]

–The Rev. Janet Edwards in the “On Faith” column at the Washington Post