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Church Releases App Where Kids Can Marry LGBTQ Couples


The Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has released an LGBTQ-inclusive app for children.

The app features six different games. In one of them, children can marry couples of the race, ethnicity, and gender identity of their choosing, including same-sex pairings.

After kids pick out the avatars and outfits — gender-nonconforming attire is an option — the couple is wed by a minister and then greets the public as flower petals shower down and fireworks explode.

The result is "a joyful experience to help engage and educate kids in the beauty of the accepting and welcoming the love of God," read a press release sent to The Advocate, which demonstrates the "radically welcoming inclusivity of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America."


MNYS Bishop Paul Egensteiner said he was "thrilled" to bring the app into the world. “This new innovative app will aid the youth in expanding their Christian education and developing a humanly perspective of the Gospel," Egensteiner said. 

In the Metropolitan New York Synod's Children's App, kids can also paint a stained-glass window of Mary and the baby Jesus, read animated versions of Bible stories, and even play the church piano, among other games. 

"The new app will allow kids to participate in challenges that help them learn and understand the importance of being culturally, ethnically and LGBTQIA+ welcoming," the synod's statement said.

The Metropolitan New York Synod's Children's App is available in the Apple Store and Google Play.

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