Lutherans voice opposition to marriage amendment

The Star Tribune reports the majority of Lutheran representatives attending an annual assembly of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA voted against the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. This is the first major Lutheran body to go on the record against the amendment. The St. Paul Area Synod will hold its annual assembly in May.
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The Star Tribune reports the majority of Lutheran representatives attending an annual assembly of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA voted against the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. This is the first major Lutheran body to go on the record against the amendment. The St. Paul Area Synod will hold its annual assembly in May.

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