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Lutherans weigh making gay clergy a local decision

CHICAGO (KWWL) - The nation's largest Lutheran denomination will consider allowing individual congregations to choose whether to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy.

The proposal is an attempt to avoid the sort of infighting that's threatened to tear other churches apart.

A task force of the Chicago-based Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recommended that course Thursday in a long-awaited report on ministry standards. The panel, however, said the church needs to clarify a number of questions before overhauling its policy.

The report was issued at the same time as a broader church social statement on human sexuality. It seeks balance on an issue dividing many Protestant churches.

Both documents will be considered in August in Minneapolis at the biannual convention of the 4.7-million member denomination.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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