Bruce has a point- the TC area has a active vocal glbt community. Thanks to people like Anita Hill (St. Paul Reformation) and Jay Wiesner (Bethany Lutheran- Jay also runs The Naming Project for glbt youth and his youth camp for them has been made into the movie Camp Out) -with congregations who choose to follow the way of Christ rather than the policies of church bodies, there are an increasing number of places of worship of all denominations for our glbt sisters and brothers. (sorry for the run-on, there)
While there are still many places where darkness fills minds and hearts - just like anywhere else- Mpls-St.Paul are becoming more openly welcoming and affirming. I'm not surprised to hear about this decision to reinstate Paul at all, but very happy for him. It may not be the end of the discussion- for Paul or anyone else affected,unfortunately- but it is the continuation of the change we are all praying for.