By Associated Press

Presbyterian group approvals change regarding gay ministers, elders

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Presbyterian group representing 150 central North Carolina congregations has approved a constitutional change that could result in gays serving as ministers and elders.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Thursday, April 23 that the Salem Presbytery approved the proposed change Tuesday, April 21. The proposed amendment would remove language from the denomination’s Book of Order that prohibits gays from serving.

The change has to be approved by a majority of the 173 presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to be effective.

Four of the five North Carolina presbyteries have voted for the am

Poll finds NJ voters support gay marriage

TRENTON, N.J. — A new poll finds New Jersey voters support allowing gay couples to marry.

The Quinnipiac University Poll results are similar to a Monmouth University poll in February.

This poll finds 49 percent supporting gay marriage; 43 percent are opposed. Women and whites tend to favor a gay marriage law, while blacks, men and those who attend religious services weekly are more likely to oppose it.

New Jersey lawmakers are likely to consider a gay marriage bill later this year. The state now offers same-sex couples civil unions, which offer legal benefits but not the title of marriage.

The poll of 2,222 registered New Jersey voters was conducted from April 14-20 and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

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Library featuring gay materials opens

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Fort Lauderdale officials have cut the ribbon for what is said to be the largest independent library of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender materials in the U.S.

The Stonewall Library & Archives officially opened Thursday, April 23 in its new location — a city building — following an anti-gay campaign from a former Fort Lauderdale mayor and approval from local city and county commissions. It is a museum and gallery featuring a collection that is also taken on exhibition tours around the country.

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