Lutheran Pastor and Partner Reinstated

BY Julie Bolcer

May 05 2010 8:50 AM ET

St. John’s Lutheran church in Atlanta has reinstated its pastor, Bradley Schmeling, who was removed in 2007 after telling the congregation he was gay. The reinstatement results from a recent move by the Evangelical Church in America to abolish its antigay policies.

According to WXIA-TV in Atlanta, although the ELCA removed Schemling, his supportive congregation at the Midtown Atlanta church voted to keep him as a pastor without portfolio for three years. The ELCA also removed his partner Darin Easler, who is a Lutheran pastor.

Now, thanks to the vote by the ELCA to abolish its antigay policies, both Schmeling and Easler have been reinstated.

Watch the video below.

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