BREAKING: Presbyterian church recognizes gay marriages

In what is being called a huge development, the Presbyterian church has voted overwhelmingly to permit local pastors to conduct gay weddings where they are legal.

Religion News Service reports that the General Assembly of the church, which totals 1.8 million members, voted 76% to 24% for the change.

RNS adds that the decision won’t go into effect until a second vote, but that with the lopsided result of the first, victory is all but expected.

Of course, the haters had to have their say, now threatening to financially ruin the church if they don’t embrace bigotry.

The Presbyterian Lay Committee, a group opposed to marriage equality, issued a statement saying they “mourn” the vote, that “God will not be mocked,” and that Presbyterians should stop giving money to the church.

RNN says that the Presbyterians will join the Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutherans, and the United Church of Christ, all of which recognize the marriages of gay couples.

It really is the death knell for the haters when large Christian faiths decide to abandon the hate. It’s bad enough that the Republican party is clearly trending our way, but now Jesus is too.

And this, on the same day that anti-gay “traditional marriage” protesters showed up — or rather, failed to show up — in Washington, DC for a planned protest of gay marriage.

Failed former Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee joined a pitiful 2,000 people to denounce their party’s future. This would seem to indicate that Santorum and Huckabee might plan on running, and losing, again.

The Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi was there, and has some hilarious (and scary) tweets of photos she took:

I knew I recognized scary Jesus man from somewhere:

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Anti-gay "traditional marriage" protesters outside the Supreme Court on June 19, 2014. (Photo by Olivia Nuzzi, the Daily Beast)

Anti-gay “traditional marriage” protesters outside the Supreme Court on June 19, 2014. (Photo by Olivia Nuzzi, the Daily Beast)


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