CALVERT CITY, Ky. (AP) - A Presbyterian congregation is facing excommunication and was asked to vacate its church after a divergence with the national church on same-sex marriage.
The Paducah Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2oRd1ky ) the First Presbyterian Church of Calvert City requested dismissal from its denomination following the changed description of marriage issued by the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2015. In response, the Presbytery of Western Kentucky, which serves as the regional governing body, has asked the congregation to vacate the church by April 19.
Part of the new description reads: “Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives.”
Clerk of session Paul Ambler, whose wife is the pastor, said that the congregation supports civil rights but does not wish to bring secular practices into a church context.
Both sides have retained counsel, although no legal action has yet been filed.