Lutheran may be defrocked, even though church knew he was gay
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16694726/ATLANTA - A minister who disclosed that he was gay before Atlantas oldest Lutheran church hired him as its pastor could now be defrocked for announcing he has a partner.
The Rev. Bradley Schmeling was chosen in 2000 to lead St. Johns, though some worried his sexuality could threaten its standing with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. But last year, the 350-member congregation threw a party for him and his partner, when Schmeling announced he had found a lifelong companion.