Hearty congratulations to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for taking another step closer to a world in which there is no Jew or Greek, free or slave, male or female, gay or straight. The 2009 General Assembly of the ELCA has given approval to allowing lesbian and gay pastors in relationships to be called to serve in the church. This is a significant change in church policy in that, prior to today's vote, if someone gay were to enter the ordained ministry, they would have to be celibate. In other words, single... and preferably asexual.
The vote was 559-451. You can read more about it HERE.
Just as with the Episcopal Church, there's evidence that this change is not going to come without some heartache on the part of those who voted no. And because the vote was actually closer than the ones in the Episcopal Church, I wouldn't be surprised if the outcry from those in the minority on this vote will be quite loud. I am hoping, for the sake of all involved, that the Lutherans don't go through the same level of pain that the Episcopal Church has been put through by those who believe God only loves some, and not all of creation.
For now, however, let us all rejoice with our Lutheran brothers and sisters as they experience the liberating love of God for their true selves.