The Delaware Court of Chancery’s authority to resolve a dispute between members of the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church who seek to sever their ties with the ministry overseeing the Presbyterian faith throughout the country was debated in a Wilmington courtroom last week.

Members of White Clay Creek, a church formed in the mid-1700s, sought to split from the faith and its governing body, known as the Presbyterian Church (USA), or PC(USA). The members objected to PC(USA)’s decision to adopt a 2011 constitutional amendment permitting the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy, according to court documents.

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