Presbyterian moderator defends split with Scottish church - 'Why we had to take a stand'
THE Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Dr Charles McMullen, has defended the decision to cut ties with the Church of Scotland over gay marriage.
In his first major interview since taking office, Dr McMullen (right) said he was heartbroken by the split, but explained that the General Assembly wanted "to put a marker down" on the issue.
- 'There have been some misunderstandings as to how we treat people who are gay ... nobody is barred from taking Communion or going to services, the Lord's table is open to all'
However, the church leader said he is relieved that good day-to-day relationships are being maintained with their Scottish counterparts.
And he insists that the Church welcomes gay people and will continue "to reject homophobia in all its forms".