The head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the latest Protestant group in a showdown over homosexuality, said Tuesday he hoped the denomination would stay united no matter what the outcome of its debate.,
The three major Lutheran proposals related to homosexuality would:
-affirm the church ban on ordaining sexually active gays, but allow bishops or church districts called synods to seek an exception for a particular candidate;
-uphold the denomination’s prohibition against same-sex blessings, but give bishops and pastors discretion in deciding how to minister to gay couples;
-call for unity despite differences over what the Bible says about homosexuality.