Local pastor welcomes Presbyterian Church’s change allowing gay marriage

WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — So far the pastor at the Crossroads Presbyterian Church has not been approached by any gay couples wanting to be married in the Waterford church, but in the past parishioners have discussed the topic of same-sex marriage.

“It’s amazing how open and understanding people can really be, and sometimes it comes from their life experiences, from what their children or grandchildren have gone through and seen,” said Pastor Ann Fuhrmeister.

She is happy to see the Presbyterian Church USA approve a change in its constitution to broaden marriage from being between a “man and a woman” to “two people”, traditionally a man and a woman.

“I think it fulfills where our particular congregation has been for a long time in terms of inclusion,” said Fuhrmeister.

The pastor has lead the Crossroads Presbyterian Church for 18 years and says before this final approval by a majority of the church’s 171 regional bodies, she could have gotten in trouble if she married two men or two women.

“Even though it’s legal here in Connecticut I would have run the risk of getting, facing disciplinary charges within the Presbyterian Church, as would the congregation if it took place here,” said Fuhrmeister.

The Unitarian Universalist Church and United Church of Christ have already approved gay marriage while others continue discussions.

“I know that other denominations are struggling with it,” said Fuhrmeister.

Some in this denomination may continue to struggle with it as well.

“I think the first thing to do is listen to each other and really try to understand,” said Fuhrmeister. “We’ll see what kind of reaction this change brings.”

Because this decision is effective immediately, more couples may soon be joined in holy matrimony at the Waterford altar.

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