A recent vote to allow the ordination of gay clergy has divided the Church of Scotland, with some ministers threatening to resign.
Others are expressing hope that the new rules will not only encourage gay people to join the church but also help existing members of the clergy to come out.
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland last week voted 351 to 294 to end the two-year old ban on gay clergy.
The ban was introduced as an attempt to prevent the ordination of Rev Scott Rennie in Aberdeen.
Discussing existing gay clergy who are in the closet, a spokesperson said: “As part of the special commission report, it was estimated that the Church of Scotland had about 40 ministers who may be in that position. It is up to each individual as to how they want to proceed.”