Earlier in the week, the church voted to open the door to ordaining openly gay bishops. And on Thursday the bishops voted to start the process of developing rites for blessing same-sex marriages, and to give the green light to bishops who are already doing so. At the center of all these battles has been Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. He has been something of a human lightning rod ever since the church voted at its convention in to consent to his consecration as bishop of New Hampshire. What follows is an interview with Bishop Robinson, conducted during a break at the convention:. Q: Thank you for making the time.
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NEW YORK — The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, who became a symbol for gay rights far beyond the church while deeply dividing the world's Anglicans, plans to divorce his husband. Bishop Gene Robinson announced the end of his marriage to Mark Andrew in an email sent to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he served for nine years before retiring in Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their year relationship but wrote Sunday in The Daily Beast he owed a debt to Andrew "for standing by me through the challenges of the last decade. Robinson did not respond Sunday to email and phone requests for comment from The Associated Press.
The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri will soon have a new bishop. The Rev. Deon Johnson officially will become the 11th bishop of the diocese when he is consecrated on June
James Doubek. Bishop Barbara Harris smiles at the congregation after her ordination as the first woman bishop in the history of the Episcopal Church at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Feb. Harris died Friday at age Barbara C.