July 12, 2008
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA has voted to revise the language of the Heidelberg Catechism—a series of questions and answers that describe the principles of faith—to its original language, removing the phrase “homosexual perversion” from a list of sinful behaviors. The phrase was inserted by a translator in 1962.
In a 54/46% decision, the General Assembly also approved changing the language of ordination requirements to end discrimination and allow equality for GLBT Presbyterians.
These are two of many steps the church is taking in order to embrace members of the GLBT community, culminating in ordination for those who are called to ministry. However slowly, this is progress.