Brazilian pastor Nehemias Marien gestures during an interview with Reuters in Rio de Janeiro, on October 2, 2001. Marien said he could be expelled from Brazil's Presbyterian church by the end of the month for blessing
gay couples and maintaining links to spiritualists. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-PCUSA-BREAK, originally transmitted on Sept. 23, 2015.
(RNS) The loss of the South American partnerships comes on top of the 50 U.S. congregations that formally split from the 1.8 million-member denomination since it allowed ministers to celebrate same-sex marriages.