Canadian Lutheran convention votes to allow gay ministers, blessing of same-sex marriages ⇢
SASKATOON - Delegates attending the biennial convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have voted to allow gays and lesbians to become ministers.
The delegates voted 205 to 114 in favour of a motion that states sexual orientation is not in itself a factor that disqualifies a candidate for the church’s ministry.
The motion rescinds ones from past conventions which disqualified candidates from ordination if they were self-declared, practising homosexuals.
The delegates also voted 192 to 132 to allow ministers to conduct or bless same-sex marriages, according to their consciences and the laws of their provinces.
Delegates sang “Lord Listen to Your Children Pray” while ballots for the same-sex marriage motion were being cast.
Close to 500 Lutherans and guests have been meeting in Saskatoon since Thursday for the convention.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to permit non-celibate gays and lesbians to become clergy in the summer of 2009.