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ELCA presiding bishop repsonse to protections for LGBTQIA+ people

June 23, 2020

 “ELCA social teaching
supports human rights for all people, regardless of their sex (biological),
gender, or sexuality. This stance is rooted in respect and welcome for all
people as created in the image of God and evident in the ELCA’s longstanding
commitment to protecting civil and human rights”
(Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action, 2019).

As National Pride Month is
celebrated across this country, I rejoice in the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that
employment discrimination on the basis of a worker’s sexual orientation or
gender identity is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The
court’s decision is an important recognition of equal protection under the law for
LGBTQIA+ people and for all.  

LGBTQIA+ people are not
faceless or nameless. They are our children, parents, siblings and colleagues.
They work hard and pay taxes. They serve in our congregations and communities. Our
life together is enriched. They are us. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling brings us
a step closer to realizing our founding conviction, “We the
people of the United States.”

St. Paul writes, “If one
member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all
rejoice together with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26). The June 15 decision brings
the civic body a step closer to the cherished American value of equal rights
for all. There is more work to be done to guarantee equal rights for LGBTQIA+
people beyond the workplace

in housing, medical care and military service. We are committed to this work as
we celebrate, during Pride Month and all year round, the gifts of our LGBTQIA+
siblings.

In Christ’s peace,

Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America

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