NZ Herald 1 September 2015
Some of the nation’s Presbyterian churches are revolting against a ban on performing same-sex marriages imposed by their national body.
Last year, the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) banned its ministers from performing same-sex marriages after the issue was put forward to the general assembly by a regional presbytery.
PCANZ moderator Right Reverend Andrew Norton said the assembly decided “ministers may conduct marriage only between a man and woman”.
“While the rule came into effect immediately [in October 2014], general assembly decided to adopt the rule ‘ad interim’, which means that the decision requires discernment and ratification by local churches and our regional church bodies,” Mr Norton said.
Presbyterian churches around New Zealand have until October 10 to submit a response from their local church.