THE Church of Scotland’s General Assembly begins tomorrow with a historic vote.
The Assembly will open with a vote on the ordination of ministers in same sex civil partnerships.
The debate is a culmination of several years of deliberation on the matter, which included a vote the 45 Presbyteries of the Church, which endorsed the move by 31 votes in favour to 14 against.
The General Assembly will now have the final say on this proposed change to Church law.
The Assembly is being asked to consider including ministers in same-sex marriages in Church law.
During the annual gathering of the Church of Scotland, which has met almost every year since its inception in 1560, 730 Commissioners drawn from congregations across Scotland and beyond will make historic decisions that will affect the direction of the national church.
The Assembly runs from Saturday 16 to Friday 22 May, and will also consider tax reform, food banks, mental health, fracking, mediation teams in South Sudan and nuclear weapons.