ELCIC logoThe Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) consists of 152,000 baptized members spread over 607 congregations, which makes it the largest Lutheran body in Canada.  The denomination maintains close relations with the US based ELCA.

In mid July, the denomination met for its biennial national convention, and approved a range of pro-LGBT measures.

Gay marriages have been performed and recognized in Canada since 2005, and the recent ELCIC resolutions allow clergy to perform such marriages without compelling them to do so:

… may, according to the dictates of their consciences as informed by the Gospels, the Scriptures, the ecumenical creeds and the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, preside at or bless legal marriages according to the laws of the province within which they serve.

Secondly, gay clergy will be permitted:

It is the policy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada that sexual orientation is not in itself a factor which disqualifies a candidate for rostered ministry or a rostered minister seeking a call.

Lutherans Concerned North America is the advocacy group that has promoted LGBTQ interests within the ELCA and also within the ELCIC.  Here is LCNA’s longer report on the ELCIC actions.