The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saxony (Germany) ruled Jan. 21 to allow gay pastors to cohabit with their legal same-sex partners.
Germany legalized same-sex partnerships in 2001, but the church didn't allow clergy partners to live together.
Jochen Bohl, the church's bishop, said he hoped members would endorse the decision and accept gay and lesbian people "as sisters and brothers in faith."
In a statement, church leaders also "reaffirmed the continuing relevance of the biblical arrangement of marriage and family as a model of coexistence between a man and woman."
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