Statement by the Board of Directors of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians

The Covenant Network Board of Directors expresses its admiration and gratitude for the congregations and ministers who, despite their unhappiness with the actions of the 221st General Assembly on marriage, have resolved to remain part of the denomination. Their presence is a great gift. Diverse views and patterns of spiritual practice keep the church honest and strong; all of us, in all our differences, are “knit together spiritually,” as scripture says, “into a dwelling place for God.”
The proposed Amendment 14-F specifically includes language protecting freedom of conscience for teaching elders and congregations who choose not to participate in or host same-sex marriages. We wholeheartedly support those important protections, which are in keeping with our Presbyterian principles. Indeed, we believe the amendment was greatly strengthened by their addition.
We have heard there is substantial concern among conservative and evangelical teaching elders and congregations that, in presbyteries where their views about marriage are in the minority, dissenting ministers would not be permitted to serve or dissenting congregations would be prevented from calling the pastors they want. As a board and as individual presbyters, we would oppose efforts to exclude persons who are qualified and called for service on the basis of their views about marriage, and we would urge other Presbyterians to join us in this commitment.

Session Support for the Marriage Amendment


The Session of University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio has adopted a resolution encouraging Mission Presbytery to approve the Marriage Amendment, 14-F.

Divided Votes, United People

Brian Ellison

CovNet Executive Director Brian Ellison reflects on the experience of the 221st General Assembly and how that gracious spirit can be mirrored when presbyteries consider amendments to the Book of Order and other potentially controversial issues.

Freedom to marry expanding for families in 5+ more states

Sue Monica Jackson

The Supreme Court has declined to review lower circuit court rulings upholding marriage equality in five more states. Why does marriage matter to families and communities? Listen to Monica and Sue talk about their own lives.

Why the Marriage Amendment Matters


Tricia Dykers Koenig: Given that the GA’s authoritative interpretation of W-4.9000 affirms that ministers may use their discretion in officiating at marriages of same-gender couples, does it matter if the presbyteries approve the proposed Marriage Amendment, 14-F?

Why Marriage Matters Now: Thoughts as the Church Talks About Same-Sex Marriage

Brian Ellison

Brian Ellison reflects on what’s at stake in the approval of Amendment 14-F: fundamental Christian values, the quality and content of the Church’s mission, the lives of people.