Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, has issued the following pastoral message in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the case Fulton v. The City of Philadelphia:
“As children of God, we give thanks for all of the LGBTQIA+ people who experience God’s calling to the holy work of parenting. In particular response to the June 17 Supreme Court ruling on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the ELCA stands with our LGBTQIA+ siblings in Christ and reaffirms our commitment to equal protection, opportunities and responsibilities under the law (‘Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust,’ p. 33).
“Children and youth in the child welfare system are among the most vulnerable members of our society, and a disproportionate number of young people in the child welfare system are LGBTQIA+ and in need of compassionate and supportive homes. Our concern as disciples of Christ is for their best interests. This includes recognizing and affirming the vocation of LGBTQIA+ people as parents and foster parents.
“Each of us can respond through ongoing education and action in support of LGBTQIA+ people, including those who are called to provide loving care for children, and through compassionate care for our most vulnerable children and youth.”