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Lutherans to keep gay clergy in ministry

The nation's largest Lutheran denomination urged its bishops to refrain from disciplining gay ministers who are in committed relationships at a meeting of the church's leaders Saturday in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported. The resolution, which came from Chicago's bishop, was surprising to some because it came just a day after the same group defeated a measure that would have ended a ban on non-celibate gay clergy. The agreement, which passes 538-431, stems from a case involving an Atlanta pastor who told his bishop that he was in a relationship with another man and was subsequently dismissed from the clergy. Although the new measure would not reinstate him, the pastor said he was happy it passed because it prevented others from going through what he went through.