Marriage Equality
In their statements regarding the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages, Bishop Tiemann and ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton mention that the decision of how the ruling affects ELCA churches will need to be determined by individual congregations. Bishop Eaton said, “congregations and clergy should discern together whether to recognize such relationships and to what degree.“
Please use the resources below to help start the conversations needed to determine what the court’s decision means for your congregation. If you need further congregational guidance please contact the synod offices at

Council Process on Same Sex Marriage

Statement of Support

Resolution Endorsing Same Gender Unions


Policy for Marriage

Wedding Policy Addendum

Example Wedding Guidelines Draft

Example Wedding Planning Guide




ELCA Social Statement: “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust”  ENG | SPAN

Talking Together as Christians about Tough Social Issues

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s Full Statement

Bishop Ray Tiemann’s Full Statement

Supreme Court Opinion

Journey Together Faithfully: ELCA Studies On Sexuality Part One | Part Two

Reconciling Works | Your People Shall Be My People: Stories, Questions, and Resources for Conversations About Marriage for All Loving, Committed Couples

Living Lutheran Blog |  Marriage equality, justice for all by Pastor Megan Rohrer

Building an Inclusive Church A Welcoming Toolkit 2.0

Sample language for a church council to adopt if they choose to have the pastor(s) make the decision on who they will marry:  Congregational Council voted to confirm the pastoral call to lead the rites of the church and to support the pastor’s authority and decision in leading the rite of marriage at _______ congregation.

The Southwestern Texas Synod is part of Region 4 of the ELCA-Brandmark
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