Policies of Christian faith
groups about gays, lesbians, & bisexuals
Church in America (ELCA)
There is a very active debate within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America (ELCA) concerning equality of treatment of its LGBT members (lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and occasionally transgender individuals).
As with other mainline Christian faith groups, there exist two solitudes within the ELCA between
traditionally minded and progressive members. The former solitude condemns all same-sex
sexual behavior; the latter condemns discrimination against LGBT members. Since the national body has been able to reach a compromise on the matter of same-sex marriage, the ELCA has authorixed individual congregations to decide the matter for themsselves. There is a widely held belief that the denomination will shortly change its policy to accept marriage equality
Topics covered in this section:
"Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust, A social statement of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church," Pages 1 to 20," 2009-AUG-19, Final version, at: http://www.elca.org/ This is a PDF file.
Copyright © 1998 to 2009 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2009-AUG-24
Author: B.A. Robinson