I found this quite interesting, especially the appeal to tradition with respect to homosexuality (but not, obviously, with respect to ordination of women). Is it true that ordaining people who are in same-sex sexual relationships is the same as the ordination of women or as changes in church teaching regarding slavery? No. There is significant Biblical support for the ordination of women. The ELCA’s predecessor churches made the decision to ordain women by studying the Bible and based their decision on Scripture. It also was through reading Scripture that Christians came to challenge slavery as an institution. Those asking for the ordination of practicing homosexual persons are asking the ELCA to reject the clear teaching of Scripture on homosexual behavior and the consistent teaching…