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Second Group of Lutherans Pass Resolution to Oppose Amendment

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Kate Brickman, Press Secretary
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April 29, 2012 – St. Paul, MN – The annual assembly of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) passed a resolution yesterday at its annual assembly in Grand Rapids publicly opposing “legislation or public policies that would prevent same-gender couples and their families from pursuing ordinary legislative or legal means to gain the support and protections afforded to all others.” The resolution also called the bishop of the synod to make the synod’s position on this matter known throughout the synod and to the public at large. Earlier in the month, Northeast Minnesota Bishop, Tom Aitken, indicated that he was personally opposed to the constitutional amendment in a pastoral letter to the members of the synod. The Northeastern Minnesota Synod has 72,500 members.

The Northeastern Minnesota Synod’s voice now joins that of the Minneapolis Area Synod in opposing the marriage amendment which would limit the freedom to marry for committed gay and lesbian couples in Minnesota. In light of this news, the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign released the following statement:

“The momentum is building in faith communities all across Minnesota. This vote by the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA marks the second time that a major body of Lutherans has taken a public stance on this amendment. We are overjoyed by the action of this synod assembly, which adds to our growing grassroots movement to stop this amendment. Minnesotans of all faiths, backgrounds and creeds stand united in knowing that marriage is about love, commitment and responsibility, bettering our community, and raising a family and sharing a life together. This vote illustrates that Minnesotans know it is not up to them to judge how someone else finds happiness. Minnesotans will continue to unite to defeat this hurtful amendment.”

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