The Presbyterian Church in the US, which has nearly 1.9 million members, has lent its support to same-sex marriage after giving the green light to its pastors to marry gay and lesbian couples. The decision by the influential mainline Protestant denomination's General Assembly in Detroit, which ends Saturday, follows "much thought, discussion and prayer," it said in a statement. Its pastors will now be able to perform "any such marriage they believe the Holy Spirit calls them to perform" in those states -- currently 19 out of 50 -- where same-sex marriage is legal. The biannual General Assembly also approved a change to the church's Book of Order, or constitution, which will now define marriage as "traditionally" between a man and a woman. The Presbyterians' positions stands in sharp contrast to that of the Roman Catholic church, the biggest single denomination among Americans, and fundamentalist Evangelicals who strongly oppose gay marriage. On Thursday, some 2,000 opponents of same-sex marriage staged a March for Marriage in Washington, despite opinion polls that indicate that a majority of Americans now accept marriage equality. Three years, ago the Presbyterian Church USA voted to approve the ordination of openly gay and lesbian clergy.Source: AFP << Name Change may Lead to Taiwan Terminating Artifact Loan to... US Authorities Say Greater Number of Lab Employees Exposed ... >> Recommended Reading Dutch Media Angered by 'Gay Ghetto' Hoax Authorities in a southern city took part in an elaborate hoax announcing the construction of a "gay only" village on Thursday, after which Dutch media hit out. READ MORE Hundreds Take Part in Athens Gay Pride Parade and Demand Equal Rights for Family The annual gay pride parade in Greece's capital Athens saw hundreds of people take to the street in reiterating their demand for equal rights to civil union and adoption. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia A-Z Drug Brands in India Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Selfie Addiction Calculator More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?