The Presbytery of Arkansas met yesterday at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville where commissioners voted 116 to 64 to allow homosexuals to serve as decons, elders, and ministers in Presbyterian Church (USA), according to an article in today’s Arkansas Democrat Gazette. The commissioners represented around 91 congregations around the state in approved this amendment to their fundamental document known as the Book of Order. The amendment was proposed by the National General Assembly but it must be approved by 173 presbyteries to take effect. So 24, including most recently Arkansas, having vote to approve the change while 39 have voted no.
The issue is also coming to a head with the local Little Rock congregation of Second Presbyterian Church. The congregation will vote today on whether to accept the congregation’s nominating committee’s recommendation to ordain Michael Upson, an openly gay man for ministry in their church.