By Briar Babington, New Zealand Herald.
Last year, the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) banned its ministers from performing same-sex marriages after the issue was put forward to the general assembly by a regional presbytery.
PCANZ moderator Right Reverend Andrew Norton said the assembly decided “ministers may conduct marriage only between a man and woman”.
“While the rule came into effect immediately [in October 2014], general assembly decided to adopt the rule ‘ad interim’, which means that the decision requires discernment and ratification by local churches and our regional church bodies,” Mr Norton said.
Presbyterian churches around New Zealand have until October 10 to submit a response from their local church.
Reverend Doug Lendrum, of St David’s Presbyterian Church in Auckland, said his church did not support the assembly’s ban.
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