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Bavarian Lutherans allow coupled pastors to live with partners in parsonages

Timothy Kincaid

November 17th, 2010

Bavariia, Germany’s south-eastern state, is conservative and Catholic. But the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, to which about one in five Bavarians belongs, has further extended recognition to its gay ministers (Christian Century)

Gay and lesbian Lutheran ministers in the conservative German state of Bavaria may live with their partners in parish parsonages, but only if they enter into a state-sanctioned civil union.

Although the move may seem bold for what is generally considered one of Germany’s most traditional states, Bishop Johannes Friedrich of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria said it was no great departure from existing policies.

He noted that the church had already welcomed openly gay ministers and same-sex unions. “We had only left out that a couple could live in a civil union in the parsonage,” he said.

To abide by the ruling, gay or lesbian ministers must receive a church blessing for their union and enter into a civil union officially recognized by government officials.

According to church officials, six Bavarian ministers already live in same-sex civil unions.

Germany does not recognize marriage equality, but does allow registered partnerships with nearly all of the benefits and obligations of marriage. The new policy seems to me to be simply applying the same rules to its gay ministers as to its straight pastors.

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Timothy (TRiG)
November 18th, 2010 | LINK

Good news.

TRiG.

PS: You have too many i’s in Bavaria.

Amicus
November 18th, 2010 | LINK

cool reddit note (see comments in addition to pic):

http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/e8aqf/how_gay_couples_have_to_get_married_in_norway/

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