The below resolution was defeated at the 2011 North/West Lower Michigan Synod Assembly. (reports are that the resolution lost by a vote of almost 2:1 )
RESOLUTION CONCERNING MARRIAGE
Whereas, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) constitution clearly provides in Chapter 2, that the ELCA in all its expressions accepts “the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life” and the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, as valid interpretations of the faith of the Church; and
Whereas, in both Scripture and the Unaltered Augsburg Confession the term marriage describes a publicly accountable, lifelong, relationship between a man and a woman; and
Whereas, “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust” A Social Statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (adopted August 19, 2009) states that “the historic Christian tradition and the Lutheran Confessions have recognized marriage as a covenant between a man and a woman, reflecting Mark 10: 6–9” and that there are those within the ELCA who conclude “that marriage is also the appropriate term to use in describing similar benefits, protection, and support for same-gender couples entering into lifelong, monogamous relationships”; therefore be it
Resolved, that the North/West Lower Michigan Synod affirms that the term marriage only be used for publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, relationships between a man and a woman; and
Resolved, that publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same gender relationships will not be recognized as marriage by this Synod.
Leonard R. Dahlgren
Paul E. Kuhlman
Richard D. Mckenzie
Jonathan E. Reid
Franklin E. Rothfuss
John W. Yakimow
Karen E. Yakimow
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Former ELCA seminary student and former ELCA member who is fed up with the ELCA's consistent mockery of God's Word.
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