Lutherans defer debate

The Sun Times has posted a report on the action of the Lutheran Assembly taking place in Chicago this week.

The Assembly has voted to defer any decision on same-sex union until the next bi-annual meeting of the Assembly in 2009.

“But attendees thwarted an effort to quash any discussion whatsoever on present policy mandating celibacy for gay and lesbian clergy within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

For an allotted hour, they calmly debated whether to remove the celibacy standard or to also defer the matter to the task force. Further debate and a vote by the more than 1,000 voting members are expected before the weeklong assembly ends Saturday.

An amendment proposed Thursday calls for all clergy, regardless of the gender of their mate, to live by the same standards of ‘fidelity to their partners.'”

Read the rest here.

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