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MINNEAPOLIS — The nation’s largest Lutheran denomination took openly gay clergy more fully into its fold last Friday, as leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to lift a ban that prohibited sexually active gay and lesbian people from serving as ministers.

The Department of Justice issued another brief in support of the Defense of Marriage Act this week, although President Obama formally reiterated his opposition to the federal ban on same-sex marriage.

School district to pay harassed student

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports a school district in Minnesota agreed to pay a $25,000 settlement to a high-school junior who was subjected to harassment by two teachers around his perceived sexual orientation.

SAN FRANCISCO — California gay-rights activists are at odds over when to ask voters to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage ban, with one of the largest groups saying it needs until 2012 to put together a winning campaign and two others saying they plan to go to the polls next year.

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