Votes so far: 43
Yes votes: 21
No votes: 22
Previous "yes" presbyteries retaining a "yes" vote: 18 out of 19*
Previous “Yes” presbyteries changing to “No”: 1 Previous “No” presbyteries changing to “Yes”: 3
Net Gain for Amendment 10a: +2
Presbyteries shifting towards pro-equality: 29**
Presbyteries shifting towards anti-equality: 10
* Note 2: This post - and others to follow - makes reference to 01-A and 08-B. These were amendments passed by the General Assembly in 2001 and 2008, respectively, (but were both voted down when voted on by presbyteries) and were similar to Amendment 10-A in intent. As such,voting records from those years are held up alongside current presbytery votes for comparison.
** Note 1: The Presbyteries of Northern New York, Utica, Cyuga-Syracuse and Long Island voted in favor of the amendment, but they took an unrecorded “raise your hand” or voice votes. As such, they do not have any data other than their final “yes” vote, rendering it impossible to tell whether or not they trended one way or another.
Long story short: The December-January voting season has been generally positive for supporters of Amendment 10-A, even resulting in two presbyteries shifting their votes from “No” to “Yes.” Some disappointing results from a few presbyteries, however, imply that there is still much work to be done.
In many ways, the tail end of December 2010 and most of January 2011 were very positive for supporters of Amendment 10-A. Of the 20 presbyteries that voted on the amendment, 15 ultimately voted yes. What’s more, two presbyteries - Riverside and Eastern Virginia - successfully switched their votes from “No” on 2008’s 08-B to “Yes” for Amendment 10A.
Finally, the overall pro-equality trend continues: of the 17 presbyteries that recorded voting tallies, 13 reported voting more in favor of the amendment than they did in 2008.
Despite generally positive news, there were some setbacks this season. The presbytery of Sierra Blanca - which voted to support a motion similar to Amendment 10-A back in 2001 but voted against 08-B in 2008 - saw a significant dip in support, ultimately voting 10-A down 18-28 (an even wider margin than the 08-B results). Moreover, Huntingdon presbytery in central Pennsylvania posted a heartbreakingly close call: despite decisively defeating 08-B in 2008 26-36, this past weekend resulted in a nail-biter - it just barely opposed 10-A with a vote of 32-33.
Still, the tail end of December and the month of January was a string of exciting (if mostly expected) victories for supporters of Amendment 10-A. But make no mistake: as it stands, only 43 of the 173 presbyteries have voted. That means there are 130 presbyteries that still haven’t voted - that’s a LOT of voting before either side reaches the 87 presbyteries needed to make any final decision on the amendment. There is much work to be done!
Keep checking back here for more information and voting analysis as we get it!