Minneapolis Lutherans oppose marriage amendment

The Minneapolis Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America passed a resolution this evening opposing a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would limit marriage to heterosexual couples.

Made up of 155 congregations from Anoka, Carver, Hennepin, Isanti, Scott, and parts of Sherburne and Wright counties, the synod represents nearly 190,000 baptized members.

The resolution opposes the amendment that would “would prevent one group of committed couples and their families from pursuing ordinary legislative or legal means to gain the support and protections afforded to all other.”

In 2004, the Minneapolis Synod opposed any effort to rewrite the federal or state constitutions to forbid the the creation of legally recognized relationships between same sex couples.

In 2009, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the national group, voted to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy.

The resolution takes pains to point out Lutherans may “hold various convictions regarding lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships,” nevertheless, the church “has called upon congregations and members of this church to welcome, care for, and support same-gender couples and their families and to advocate for their legal protection.”

  • Alison

    Yeah!!! Thank you!

  • Jim

    Corinthians 6:9

  • Bill

    And another church throws out the Bible……..

  • Amber

    Come on. If you’re going to quote the Bible, you can’t only use the verses you agree with.

    Corinthians 6:10– “nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

  • Peter

    The God I know does not discriminate, nor does he condone hatred towards his people. All his people. I am proud to be a member of the ELCA today.

  • RJ

    Sadly, the ELCA continues to slide into the trap of catering to the “worlds” will vs.Gods will and freedom. Political correctness and spiritual cowardness are reasons that keep truth seekers OUT of the ELCA, not attract them. Jesus despised the hypocrites but spoke the truth in love. May God have mercy.

  • tim

    They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. – John 16:3

    (Many that pretend to know God are wretchedly ignorant of him.)

    God doesn’t approve of drunkards, thieves, adulterers, etc. That includes same-sex relations. The church shouldn’t condone.

  • Larry M.

    Thank you.

  • http://www.ediguys.net/Question.html Larry Boatman

    To those of you lining up in favor of this marriage amendment, I do need some advice from you regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

    1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

    2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

    3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

    4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

    5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or with the passage of the 2012 NDAA, should I ask the police to do it?

    6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?

    7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

    8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

    9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

    10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

    I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I’m confident you can help.

    Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

  • steve

    Do we now live in a world where “EVERYTHING” is “OK” and nothing is just plain WRONG?

    Peoples sexual deviancy does not entitle them to marry.

  • John P II

    It’s worth noting this resolution passed with overwhelming support and is consistent with a previous resolution passed by this synod in 2004 opposing similar efforts to amend our state or federal constitutions. Part of the new resolution calls for members to study the ELCA’s Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust document adopted in 2009, which is a good read.

    I’m not Lutheran of any stripe but I admire the ELCA’s thoughtful, conscience-driven approach to issues and willingness to engage members in a discussion. It’s almost like they don’t take the “flock of sheep” thing literally.

  • Meghan

    One thing that I’ve never heard a good defense of: why does the church (that is, churches that are against legalizing gay marriage) insist that the legal definition of marriage is on the same plane as the religious definition of marriage? Last I heard, the majority of gay couples just want the same recognition under the law as straight couples — they’re not banging at the door of churches to have their marriage recognized by religious institutions. Wouldn’t it, in fact, be an insult to religious marriage to say that human society’s definition of marriage (i.e. recognized by law) is the same? If so, why do churches even care whether the state and/or country recognizes same-sex marriages, so long as the government isn’t mandating that the churches must recognize them, too?

  • Alison

    Hey Larry Boatman,

    \\4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

    If you stopped short of burning the bull (say medium or medium-rare), invited your neighbors over, and served a little red wine and a nice salad they might find the odor pleasing too. But what do I know, I’m a heathen who ought to be smitten. (Is that the right verb form of smite?)

  • Nachman

    It’s really a hoot when the goyim think they’re Torah scholars.

    :-D