- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A proposal for a Presbyterian church to separate from the national denomination has failed.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (https://bit.ly/1JXDRIn ) reports the 900-member congregation of the First Presbyterian in Columbus sought to dismiss itself from the national denomination, which some members felt has been become more liberal about same-sex marriage. They had hoped to join the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, a new denomination formed out of churches that have separated from the national church.

The congregation fell eight votes short of the 274 needed to separate.

Last month, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved a new definition of marriage that includes gay marriage. It was endorsed last year by the denomination’s top legislative body as an amendment to the church constitution.

The new definition takes effect June 21.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, https://ledger-enquirer.com

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