Despite the usual, expected sanctimonious outrage by some paleolithic thinkers, the Church of Scotland voted to accept a gay man as a minister (as reported by CNN):

A gay minister at the center of a row about his appointment to a church in a Scottish city said he was “humbled” after the Church of Scotland upheld his appointment.

In a ground-breaking move, the church’s ruling body voted by 326 to 267 in support of the Rev. Scott Rennie, the church said in a news release Sunday.

This vote happened in spite of what might be characterized as extortion, by gay opponents:

The 37-year-old’s appointment at Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen, on Scotland’s northeast coast, provoked opposition from traditionalist members of the church and has led to fears it could cause a damaging split.

Threats of schisms are not unknown and have historically been used to prevent changes that “traditionalists” don’t like. Fortunately the Church of Scotland did not knuckle under, in this case.

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