Church leaders OK same-sex partnerships

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2000

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The governing board of the Milwaukee synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has approved a resolution supporting same-sex relationships.

The measure, adopted 141-103 last Friday during the annual meeting of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, allows individual congregations to decide independently whether to accept the policy.

The endorsement does not accept marriages for homosexual partners, synod Bishop Peter Rogness said.

It is uncertain how church members will greet the resolution, he said.

The synod ''recognizes and affirms the blessing of such committed same-gender relationships by pastors of this synod after counseling of the couple seeking such a blessing,'' it says.

''There will be some who will think this is a very good thing to do and others who are worried about it, who would read Scripture or church policy in different ways,'' Rogness said.

The Greater Milwaukee Synod comprises seven southeastern Wisconsin counties with 141 congregations and 100,000 members.

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