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U.S. Presbyterians face divisive vote at assembly. (World News).

Deep divisions over human sexuality have resurfaced in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Some conservatives accuse two top executives of undermining efforts to call a special session of the current 214th General Assembly to enforce a ban on gay clergy who are not celibate.

In 1996, the assembly amended the church's constitution to require pastors and elders to live in "sexual fidelity or chastity." Local presbyteries ratified it a year later. Since then, the assembly rejected two attempts to remove the ban.

When the 2.5-million-member denomination's 215th assembly convenes in Denver on May 24, some conservatives are expected to push for strong judicial action against church leaders who defy the ban on "self-affirming, practising homosexuals" within the clergy.

Of more than 11,000 PCUSA congregations, a few have ordained non-celibate homosexuals. Others have defied church rules prohibiting ceremonies for blessing same-sex unions.
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