Minnesota Lutherans might voice opposition to same-sex marriage ban

WCCO reports nearly 1,000 representatives of the Lutheran church will vote in an assembly Friday on whether to officially oppose a constitutional amendment to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples.
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WCCO reports nearly 1,000 representatives of the Lutheran church will vote in an assembly Friday on whether to officially oppose a constitutional amendment to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples.

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