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ELCA panel urges Lutheran group to allow clergy to live in gay, lesbian relationships

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GRAND FORKS - In what promises to be a controversial move unprecedented in the history of Lutheranism in the United States, a national task force of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recommends that the nation's largest Lutheran denomination change its policy and allow homosexual clergy to live in "committed, same-gender relationships."

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The report, made public at noon today, is the result of years of study, wrangling and revising of official statements.

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