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Presbyterian Church ordains first gay minister? in ceremony in Wisconsin

Scott Anderson says he never thought the day would come. The Presbyterian Church barred homosexuals from serving as ministers until last year, when the church's national assembly voted to remove the ban.
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Scott Anderson says he never thought the day would come. The Presbyterian Church barred homosexuals from serving as ministers until last year, when the church's national assembly voted to remove the ban.

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