Minister trainee claims inhuman treatment by Presbyterian Church

A long-standing row over gays in the Presbyterian Church has flared again with a gay student minister saying members have treated her as sub-human.

Two weeks out from the church`s biennial general assembly Wellington trainee minister Deborah Gordon says the church has banned her from a training course, and a conservative Hastings parish has moved to toughen already severe anti-gay rules. Gordon, from St Andrews on The Terrace church which has a lesbian minister, says she is exhausted and would have "gone under" without her supporters. In 1996 the general assembly ruled that gays could not be ordained into the church, though those already ordained could continue as ministers.

See: Dominion Post

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