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St. Paul Lutheran group votes to oppose marriage amendment

As expected, delegates opposed the amendment at the annual assembly of the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

As expected, delegates at the annual assembly of the St. Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted Saturday to opposed the proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

The group met in Burnsville; the annual assembly theme:  “Living Lutheran: What Does This Mean?”

The synod represents 116 congregations with about 132,000 members. The larger Minneapolis ELCA synod has also voted to oppose the marriage amendment.

The controversial proposal has religious groups in the state on both sides of the issue. While gay marriage is already illegal in the state by law, supporters of the stronger constitutional proposal don’t want it imposed by judges.

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The Catholic bishops in the state are spending heavily to get the proposal passed.