IRELAND'S LARGEST PROTESTANT CHURCH ADOPTS PRO-HOMOSEXUAL STANCE
Northern Ireland's largest Protestant church yesterday adopted guidelines to help clergy deal sensitively with gay church members.
The Presbyterian General Assembly in Belfast adopted the pastoral guidelines by 159 votes to 120.
It calls on the church to repent for times when gay people have been treated in ways that lack "grace."
They ask for the church to create a "PCI Safe Space" which can be phoned or visited anonymously by people who wish to discuss their sexuality.
Church members are also told to modify their language and avoid phrases such as "Love the sinner, hate the sin," or "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve."
The report also dispels the myth that gay people are paedophiles.
Former moderator Rev Dr Ken Newell said it was his hope that the whole church would apologise to gay people "for any hurt that you have experienced."
He said: "To put it simply, if and when you need us, we are here for you."