By Kelli Busey/planetransgender
In a close vote the ELCA Assembly Adopts 'Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust'
The ELCA approved a Statement on human sexuality that is being celebrated Interdenominationally as a leap towards positive inclusion of all people in faith. The statement is intended to guide the Lutheran Church in America. An excerpt from the 34 page statement reads....."this church also will attend to the need for equal protection, equal opportunities and equal responsibilities under the law, and just treatment for those with varied sexual orientation and gender identity."
"Wednesday’s vote sets the stage for a bigger debate Friday, when delegates will discuss a proposal that would allow ELCA congregations to hire people in committed same-sex relationships as clergy."
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Source: Lutherans in favor of LGBT equality gather at ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis
Source: Minnesota Independent.comNinety-five Lutherans come out during ELCA vote on gay pastors
Source: U.S. Catholic.org Gays and the ELCA