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Friday, August 21, 2009

Lutherans Vote YES on Gay Clergy

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has just voted 55%-45% to remove discrimination against gay and lesbian clergy:

Gay ministers will be allowed to lead parishes, representatives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) voted today in Minneapolis.

The 559-451 vote marks a historic change for the 4.8 million ELCA members, including 830,000 in Minnesota.

The vote repeals the ELCA's ban on gay clergy unless they agreed to remain celibate. The new position allows the installation of gay pastors but leaves the decision to call a gay pastor up to individual congregations and synods.

Delegates heeded warnings not to react as the outcome was read, but onlookers in the gallery hugged one another in celebration. Read More