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Who oppose or strongly oppose gay marriage who are Evangelical Protestant
InterVarsity to Dismiss Employees Who Support Gay Marriage | Time
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with approximately 3. Formed in with the merger of three smaller Lutheran organizations, the ELCA is based in Chicago and encompasses nearly 10, congregations and more than 3. Churchwide Assemblies are held every three years, with elected representatives establishing policy and addressing the concerns of the larger church body. In , the Churchwide Assembly passed a resolution stating that, "Gay and lesbian people, as individuals created by God, are welcome to participate fully in the life of the congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. While the Churchwide Assembly has not come to agreement on the issue of marriage equality, the ongoing debate has prompted a policy that gives autonomy to individual ministers and their congregations, resulting in the celebration of same-sex marriages at many ELCA churches across the country. However, church policy, like that for same-sex marriage, gives individual congregations autonomy in calling ministers to serve.
Policies on Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage
O ne of the largest evangelical organizations on college campuses nationwide has told its 1, staff members they will be fired if they personally support gay marriage or otherwise disagree with its newly detailed positions on sexuality starting on Nov. Instead, staffers are being asked to come forward voluntarily if they disagree with the theological position. When they inform their supervisor of their disagreement, a two-week period is triggered, concluding in their last day. Outlined in an internal page paper, the positions include injunctions against divorce and sex before marriage, though critics say the biggest effect will be among younger staffers who support gay marriage — in essence, making it something of a theological purge.
The case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission , represents a pivotal new legal strategy for the Christian conservative movement grounded in religious liberty claims rather than arguments that the law should reflect their values. While religious conservatives have consistently cast themselves as at odds with dominant liberal, secular forces, this case indicates that they are beginning to adapt to life as a true cultural minority.