Lutherans Welcome Noncelibate Gay Pastors

The United States’ largest Lutheran denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, lifted a ban on noncelibate gay clergy Aug. 21.

The decision follows a recent similar move by the Episcopal Church.

ELCA gay and lesbian pastors now will be allowed to have sex in the confines of a “lifelong, monogamous … relationship,” church leaders decided at their Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis.

About 4.6 million Americans belong to the ELCA.

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