September 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America has elected its first openly gay bishop.
In a press release, church officials say Rev. R. Guy Erwin was selected for a six-year term Friday at a church annual assembly.
The church's rules changed in 2009 to allow gays and lesbians to be ordained in the nation's largest Lutheran denomination.
Erwin currently serves as a pastor at Faith Lutheran Church and a professor of Lutheran Confessional Theology at California Lutheran University.
Officials say the "partnered gay man" is also the first Native American to be elected. Erwin is part Osage Indian.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.