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First openly gay Episcopal Bishop announces divorce

First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Announces Divorce

Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, has announced that he and his longtime partner of 25 years, Mark Andrew, are getting a divorce.

He made the announcement in an article for the The Daily Beast, writing: "While the details of our situation will remain appropriately private, I am seeking to be as open and honest in the midst of this decision as I have been in other dramatic moments of my life."

Robinson's election to the Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003 caused international backlash and led many conservative Episcopalians to back away from the main church in the U.S.

That same backlash eventually forced the Bishop to retire ten years later in 2013.

The New York Times reported on Robinson's retirement, noting he said in a speech that "being at the center of an international uproar has taken a toll on him and on the diocese."

A writer at Religion News Service quotes one critic that says Robinson's divorce could potentially reignite tension in the church with some opponents using the divorce as a platform against same-sex marriage.

"I'm sure there might be some conservatives who might say, 'We told you so all along, if you depart from church teachings on homosexuality, you're opening the door to all kinds of chaos'"

This isn't the first time Robinson has gone through a divorce. He divorced his wife Isabella McDaniel and came out as gay in 1986. (Via YouTube / SuchIsLifeVideos)

With her 2010 election, Mary D. Glasspool in Los Angeles became the Episcopal Church's second openly gay bishop.

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jtdancernh May 05 2014 at 8:31 AM

"one critic... says Robinson's divorce could potentially reignite tension in the church with some opponents using the divorce as a platform against same-sex marriage."

HUH?!?

One divorce does NOT make ANY kind of case against same-sex marriage--not as long as heteros continue to defile the sactity of marriage by divorcing at a rate of 50%.

The "critics" are going to have to do better than that.

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makingextrabucks May 04 2014 at 11:16 PM

Answer me this... Why do gay men all sound the same? You can tell over the phone what their sexual orientation is.

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hlgeorge39 makingextrabucks May 05 2014 at 12:49 AM

You mean they all sound like Rock Hudson?

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makingextrabucks hlgeorge39 May 05 2014 at 1:26 AM

They all sound like Rock Hudson's mom.

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hensteeth hlgeorge39 May 05 2014 at 5:21 AM

Old joke: Mr Hudson, do you know how you contracted AIDS? Hudson: Of course not! Do I have eyes in the back of my head?

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mnden99 makingextrabucks May 06 2014 at 12:53 AM

Why do stupid people all sound the same? You can tell the moment they open their mouths that they're stupid.

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GaryWNC May 04 2014 at 10:59 PM

July 4, 2013 the US population was 316,148,990... heterosexual inquiring minds need to know just how many are "Gay and Lesbian?" Judging from the media press this group gets... one would assume it a majority?

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mrandmrsz May 04 2014 at 10:56 PM

Really, who could not see this coming?

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makingextrabucks May 04 2014 at 10:52 PM

Did you know that gay dwarfs do not come out of the closet? That's right. They come out of the cabinet!

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makingextrabucks May 04 2014 at 10:51 PM

Just like cancer can spread anywhere and everywhere, gays are infiltrating all aspects of society like a permeating cancer!

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hlgeorge39 makingextrabucks May 05 2014 at 12:56 AM

Just like cancer can spread anywhere and everywhere, ignorance is infiltrating all aspects of society like a permeating cancer!

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kitcumbie makingextrabucks May 05 2014 at 5:01 PM

Gays have nothing to defend. Not to you. Not to anyone.

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kgc073 May 04 2014 at 10:46 PM

"While the details of our situation will remain appropriately private" Now he wants to be private but when he came jumping out of the closet screaming look at me! Look at me!!!! I feel pretty witty and GAY!!!!! Wooooooo Why not just go back in the closet and stay there. They say there is a war on woman. I think there is a war on normal.

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GaryWNC kgc073 May 04 2014 at 11:41 PM

Well said kgc073!

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pacrowderholyoke kgc073 May 06 2014 at 3:42 AM

Thank you, kgc073!

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usaimportz May 04 2014 at 10:32 PM

Can anything stay together that God has not sanctioned. God says he is the same today, tomorrow and forever. God said in Leviticus homosexuality is an abominable. In Romans 1:27 it mentioned as a curse rendered as a result of not honoring God. So any person who claims to be a person of God that come forths with this sinful lifestyle is truly not a person of God. God spirit would immediately convict them of this sin . which was the case with a former lesbian I know who is know a minister of the Gospel. She came out of the sin before she called herself representing a holy God.

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Normie Baby May 04 2014 at 10:29 PM

Holy matrimony Batman! The Bishop can't take a Queen!

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hollemantom May 05 2014 at 12:01 AM

THEY DON'T LIKE GAYS BUT CHILD MOLESTERS ARE OK, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE BIGGEST JOKE ON EARTH... DOUBLE DUH!!!!!!!!!

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Pirate Pete hollemantom May 05 2014 at 12:54 AM

Child molesters are NOT 'ok' with the Catholic Church! They have never condoned this action. Other denominations have also had their share of child abusers in their clergy- the Catholics got and continue to get the publicity- the others don't.

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hensteeth Pirate Pete May 05 2014 at 5:19 AM

Maybe the RC hierarchy doesn't condone pederasty but they sure do a good job of sweeping it under the carpet.

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pacrowderholyoke hollemantom May 06 2014 at 3:39 AM

There are many many child molesters and pedophiles in EVERY deonomination! They just don't get the headlines because they AREN'T the Catholic Church! There are also many child molesters and pedophiles in the public school system --- does that make EVERY teacher a pedophile? NO, it doesn't. It's just sad to see that you can't comprehend the difference, and choose to pick one religion over the others to attack, when the same behavior goes on in the other religions, too. Don't believe me? Try googling it. You might find yourself enlightened, but I doubt you will.

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