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Madison man one step closer to ordination


MADISON (WKOW) -- An openly gay Madison man has tried for 20 years to be ordained as a Presbyterian minister. Now, a regional church court has ruled in his favor.

27 News introduced you to Scott Anderson in May, shortly after the local John Knox Presbytery voted to allow his ordination. If ordained, Anderson would be the first openly gay pastor in the Presbyterian faith.

Several churches appealed John Knox's decision to the Synod Permanent Judicial Commission, which rules over most of the Midwest's Presbyterian congregations. On Saturday, the SPJC voted 7-2 in Anderson's favor.

That decision was also appealed and the national Presbyterian court will decide Anderson's fate once and for all in February.

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