The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Marriage amendment reveals sexuality divide

In June, the Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs, the ELCA's federal public policy office in Washington, D.C., signed a letter to Congress opposing adoption of the Federal Marriage Amendment. More than 25 religious groups that differ sharply on gay marriage — from Baptists and Quakers, to Roman Catholics, Sikhs and Unitarians — endorsed the letter.

The amendment states: "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution or the constitution of any State, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups."

Karen Vagley, LOGA director, said the letter expresses the ELCA's commitment to civil rights and isn't about endorsing gay marriage. But LOGA's action drew rebukes.

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