Almost two years ago the Church of Scotland approved a rule to allow for the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers. Now the Kirk has revealed the breakdown of the votes of the presbyteries: a total of 1,391 presbytery members voted in favor and 1,153 against, resulting in a 54.6% to 45.4% split. Additionally, 32 of 45 presbyteries backed proposals to allow ministers in civil partnerships.
The story isn't done just yet, however, as a final decision will be made at the General Assembly scheduled in May.
Same-sex marriage in Scotland began January 1.