Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican church, whose ordination split the church in the United States, is to divorce his husband after four years of marriage. The year-old retired bishop married in when the state of New Hampshire legalised gay marriage, but had been in a relationship with his partner, Mark Andrew, for more than 25 years before announcing the split in an email to the diocese of New Hampshire last weekend. But not all of us are able to see this through until death indeed parts us. Gene Robinson: 'It is a sin to treat me this way'. Gay bishop Gene Robinson 'must be sacked'.
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Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal prelate whose consecration led conservatives to split from the church, said in an interview on Thursday that he and his partner of 20 years were planning a civil union ceremony to be held in his home church in the diocese of New Hampshire in June. Bishop Robinson said that by scheduling the ceremony for June, he did not intend to further inflame conservatives just before the Anglican Communion gathers in August in Cambridge, England, for the Lambeth Conference, which happens only once every 10 years. He planned his civil union for June, he said, because he wanted to provide some legal protection to his partner and his children before he left for England for the conference. Bishop Robinson has received death threats, and he wore a bulletproof vest under his vestments at his consecration in He was excluded from participating by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who, as leader of the Church of England, is responsible for issuing the invitations. The archbishop came under pressure from conservative bishops who warned that they would boycott the conference if Bishop Robinson attended.
Robinson is widely known for being the first priest in an openly gay relationship to be consecrated a bishop in a major Christian denomination believing in the historic episcopate , a matter of significant controversy. His story has appeared in print and film. In Robinson announced his intention to retire in , at
Inside the ceremony at a university sports hall in the New England university town of Durham a clergyman intervened to denounce gays in lubricious detail, while outside a bedraggled group of demonstrators waved banners warning "Fags Doom Nations". From Africa, the archbishop of Kenya warned "the devil has entered the church", while a few days before the ceremony Robinson received a postcard from England, depicting the high altar of Durham cathedral and bearing the message: "You fornicating, lecherous pig. Gene Robinson was not the first gay bishop in the world, nor is he the only one, but he was the first in the Anglican communion openly to admit to his homosexuality.
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