By Riley Yates, The Morning Call.
A bid by First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pa., to split from its national denomination, amid unhappiness over same-sex marriages and the ordination of gay ministers, landed back in the courts Tuesday.
In two lawsuits filed in Northampton County Court, the regional arm of the Presbyterian Church (USA) asked a judge to prohibit the congregation from breaking away, as it sued two weeks ago seeking to do.
The suits were necessary “to prevent this group of self-styled leaders from taking action that is contrary to the bylaws of the church, as well as PCUSA,” said Richard Santee Jr., an attorney representing the 22 members. He called the lawsuits a “sad day” for Presbyterians.