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A win for same sex marriage in Presbyterian church

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MOORHEAD, M.N. -- One of the nation's largest Protestant groups, Presbyterian Church USA, voted last Thursday in Detroit to approve marriage for all couples. Valley News Team's Christina Craig has the local reaction.

Now, same sex couples can walk down the isle in the Presbyterian church nationwide as they changed the definition of marriage.

"It's a bond of marriage between two people, traditionally a man and a woman," said Pastor Elaine Sveet of the First Presbyterian Church of Moorhead. 

After much debate, it's a big change and step for the church and it's congregation.

"It's exciting for me, because we're finally excepting the fact that we, that we're all one body and that we can move on," said congregation member Diane Wray Williams. "We've been sort of stuck on this and I don't think that's what God intends." 

Williams has been part of this church for over 40 years and is thrilled she can support her friends in more than one way. 

"For me, it was knowing people who are gay and lesbian," said Williams. "For me, it was the privilege of being the person that people came and told they were coming out. And, I felt so honored that they would trust me."

But, not all feel the same.

"I do firmly believe that the word marriage should be between a man and a woman," said church goer Jim Winter. 

In fact, several congregation members in the denomination are planning to leave, because of the vote. 

"Some were uncomfortable with that and felt they no longer could call the Presbyterian Church USA home," Sveet tol Valley tolds Live.

But, we spoke to agreed with the decision.    

"What I think we've discovered is it's not against our faith, it's what Jesus intended," said Williams.

It's a historic moment for same sex couples as they have the right to wed in the Presbyterian church where is lawful by their state.  

While the change to allow same-sex wedding ceremonies goes into effect immediately, it applies only to the 19 states that have legalized same-sex relationships as "marriage." 

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