The Delaware Court of Chancery will be looking at a 263-year-old deed and the largely undefined area of religious corporation to resolve a dispute between the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church and the governing body for Delaware’s Presbyterian congregations that stemmed from the admittance of gay and lesbian clergy.

White Clay Creek has sought to split from the faith and align itself with a more conservative sect because of its opposition to homosexual ministers, according to court documents. However, the state’s Presbyterian authority claims it controls the church’s assets and if White Clay Creek wants to join another sect, it must surrender its building and property.

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