Same-sex marriage ceremonies will be allowed at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, a majority of the church session voted Monday night.
“We know that the approved change will be a cause of celebration for some and a matter of concern for others,” Interim Pastor Pete Peery and Clerk of Session Vicki Garrett said in an email to members of the congregation Monday night.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) passed an amendment to the church’s constitution this year with language that’s “permissive rather than mandatory,” meaning a pastor may marry a couple according to his or her judgment, but isn’t required to.
“For some time, our constitution has already included a provision for pastoral discretion so that pastors may elect not to conduct any wedding ceremony, same gender or different gender, if there is concern about the couple’s commitment, understanding and maturity,” Peery and Garrett wrote.
Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. has 4,554 members, according to the PCUSA.