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The nation’s largest Lutheran denomination is set to debate the hot-button issue of homosexual clergy members beginning today. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America kicks off a national convention in Minneapolis today that will address the question of whether congregations should be allowed to employ gays and lesbians who are in committed relationships. As it stands now, the nearly five-million-member strong church already allows homosexuals who are celibate to join the clergy. A vote on the matter is not expected until the end of the week.

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