Lutherans Concerned North America, the Lutheran LGBT advocacy group were "pleased but cautious" this week as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released the final version of its social statement with implementing recommendations. The documents
- recommend acceptance of partnered gay clergy as church policy,
- leave blessings or marriage rites for same-gender couples to congregations, and
- allow individual congregations to have a pastor in a committed same-gender relationship, but none could be forced to do so.