Ordained Lesbian Couple Making History
The last time these two women walked down the aisle together, they said, “I do.” The lives of the Rev. Kaci Clark-Porter and the Rev. Holly Clark-Porter intertwined in perhaps an even more extraordinarily spiritual way, as the couple walked down the aisle at Delaware’s Presbyterian Church to become ordained Christian ministers.
The ordination came just days after the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) announced a change in its constitution that embraced a more inclusive definition of marriage, defining it as being between "two people" instead of between a man and a woman. With this change, PC(USA) becomes the largest Protestant group to offer a nationwide welcome for LGBTQ couples.
Kaci and Holly Clark-Porter may well be the first same-sex couple to be jointly ordained into the denomination. Reached for comment, Rev. Toya Richards Jackson, PC(USA)'s director of communications, couldn’t definitively say that the Clark-Porters are the church’s first jointly ordained same-sex couple, since officials don't keep these statistics on hand. But Jackson couldn’t point to any other examples of same-sex clergy couples currently working in the denomination.
Sunday’s ceremony will be remembered as a historic moment for the church, but for Kaci and Holly, it was the end of one long chapter of their lives and the beginning of another.
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