Lutherans begin gay clergy discussion in U.S.

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MINNEAPOLIS – Leaders of America’s largest Lutheran denomination began discussing Monday whether or not to allow people in same-sex relationships to serve as clergy.

MINNEAPOLIS – Leaders of America’s largest Lutheran denomination began discussing Monday whether or not to allow people in same-sex relationships to serve as clergy.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which is meeting this week in Minneapolis, plans to decide whether to approve a proposal that would allow individual congregations to let gay and lesbian people in committed relationships serve as clergy.

Delegates plan to take an early vote on the issue Monday, when they will decide whether to require a simple majority or a two-thirds supermajority to pass the proposal.

The final vote on the proposal is not expected until Friday.

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