The Lutheran hierarchy after seeing the meteoric rise in Episcopal membership do to naming a gay bishop, has opted to hop on the bandwagon. If that were accurate I might understand this move, but alas the opposite is true, membership has actually been hurt by this move. So lets get this straight, compromise your historical doctrine , participate rather than discourage a practice referred to in the bible "an abomination before God" and potentially alienate a significant percentage of your congregation for what would likely be a net loss in membership. An untenable position that is beyond rationalization.
Washington DC, Apr. 12, 2005 (CNA) - The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America may become the first U.S.-based Lutheran denomination to approve the ordination of active homosexuals as clergy and lay ministers, reported the Christian Post.
Any question why this story is being offered up by the Catholic News Agency? They know this is a loser for the Lutherans on several levels, and Lutheran losses spell Catholic gains.