Lutheran Branch Allows 'Monogamous' Gays as Clergy

Branch is US' largest, with 4.8M members
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2009 7:41 PM CDT
Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson speaks at a news conference during the Evangelical Lutheran in America convention this week.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The largest US Lutheran denomination will allow gays in “life-long, monogamous” relationships to serve in clergy and other leadership positions, the Washington Post reports. Delegates at the convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America approved the measure 559-451; the denomination, which has 4.8 million US members, previously allowed only celibate homosexuals in such positions.