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Presbyterian church allows gay marriage by the slimmest of margins in close vote TWO ministers of the Presbyterian Church have been found not guilty on charges of misconduct after they had blessed and solemnised several same-sex civil unions.The case is significant for several reasons. It’s the first time a South African church court has resolved a dispute over the conventional, traditional view on gay marriage in favour of its gay members. But the decision was reached by the narrowest of margins. – And the outcome was squarely based on an argument that approached the question in an unusual way, namely by comparing how this particular denomination deals with same-sex unions on the one hand with its tolerance of divorce and the remarriage of divorcees.Martin Young and Hansie Wolmarans were charged with conducting and blessing several same-sex civil unions allegedly in breach of church rules, and last month a special church court sat to hear the matter. That court has now issued judg...

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