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And as a whole, we're having sexual relationships when we aren't in marriages.
The ELCA has joined other denominations in confirming that it wants its clergy coupled for life -- or sexless.
There are more than 75 million American adults who are single -- more than at any time in history.
We are marrying later, divorcing at high levels, and living longer, so more of us will be widowed.
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"At this time this church lacks consensus on this matter," the statement reads, but it is clear where Lutheran theology and practice are heading.
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All of this is excellent news for same-sex couples, of course, but the emphasis on "committed, lifelong relationships" leaves out the single minister, the divorced minister, the widowed minister -- whether gay, straight, or bisexual -- who must still adhere to a standard of celibacy unless their partner status changes.
I've long believed that the major sexuality problem denominations face is that they are unable to acknowledge that celibacy until marriage doesn't apply to most single adults.