The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has adopted a new meaning of marriage, one which includes gay marriage.
The Presbyterian Church is the largest Christian denomination (over 1 million people nation-wide) to recognize same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage is banned in the state of Texas, but last year, the denomination allowed people who are gay to become ordained, and also allowed ministers to preside at same-sex weddings, though only in states where it was legal.
Newschannel 6 reached out to a local Presbyterian Church, Fain Presbyterian Church of Wichita Falls. Pastor, David Crawford said that same-sex marriage in the Presbyterian Church has been a big topic for the past few years. He and other Presbyterian Pastors in Texoma have even discussed this new meaning of marriage.
“We had to decide, are we going to work together because God called us to this denomination? Do we work together in this neighborhood? We're the easternmost area up to Amarillo over to Lubbock, and up to Abilene and all of the churches in between, so we've been working on this for a long time because we knew that it would be a hot topic," said Crawford.
Pastor Crawford also says that this decision doesn't change his love for anyone in any way. He refers to the Book of Order.
"The mission of God means proclaiming to all people the good news of God's love, offering to all people the grace of God, the baptist font and the communion table and calling all people to discipleship in Christ because he transforms all things and all people. That's what we are here to do, to bring love and transformation and hope that your sins won't be counted against you," sad Pastor Crawford.
When Crawford said "transformation of all things", he means, "sometimes peoples sex life has been long forgotten or is not as important and God has a lot of other sins to work on. When we get to heaven we want to be fully like Jesus in all ways".
The Presbyterian Church's (U.S.A.) new meaning of marriage was backed by the church's legislature and will go into effect June 1, 2015.