[The ELCA] “…recognizes that it has a pastoral responsibility to all children of God,” “…supports legislation and policies to protect civil rights,” for all and has also “called upon congregations and members of this church to welcome, care for, and support same-gender couples and their families and to advocate for their legal protection.” (p. 19) “…will attend to the need for equal protection, equal opportunities, and equal responsibilities under the law” (p. 33).
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America "A Social Statement on Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust," 2009
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