Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who made history as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, has announced that he and his husband are planning to divorce. Bishop Robinson, who last year retired as the head of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, disclosed the breakup of his marriage in a note to other Episcopal bishops and an essay in The Daily Beastwhere he is a columnist.
New Hampshire Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson says he chafed for several years at being branded the first openly gay bishop of the Anglican Church until he realized that he was wasting a pulpit from which he could advocate for equality. Robinson, 65, will hand the pastoral staff to his successor, A. Robert Hirschfeld, in a ceremony at St.
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Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop whose election split the Anglican church, has announced that he is divorcing his husband. Robinson, 66, who retired inmade his announcement in an email to the diocese of New Hampshire and in an article for The Daily Beast. He and Mark Andrew entered a civil union in and converted it to a marriage when New Hampshire legalised the institution, in
Newly ordained and consecrated Bishop of Maine Thomas J. Brown, center, poses with his two most-previous predecessors, the Rt. Chilton Knudsen, left, and the Rt.
H--With the celebrations over, Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson settles into t he hard work of leading a diocese that includes at least two congregations w ho reject him as bishop. Robinson, the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, took over leadership of the diocese on Sunday in a ceremony known as investiture.
Robinson was born into poverty, the son of Kentucky tobacco sharecroppers. Because his parents had been expecting a girl, they decided to name the child Vicky Gene; as an adult, Robinson would use only the first initial of his first name. Because of severe complications during childbirth, he suffered temporary paralysis and almost died as a baby.
With the ceremonial laying on of hands by a cluster of bishops, the Rev. Gene Robinson was consecrated the next bishop of New Hampshire and the first openly gay prelate in the Episcopal Church U. In a ceremony both solemn and celebratory, Bishop Robinson accepted his bishop's stole and chasuble from his parents, the gold miter for his head from his two daughters and his partner, and his shepherd's crook from his predecessor, Bishop Douglas E.
Gene Robinson knocked and was welcomed into St. But it gave a capacity crowd of more than the chance to welcome the new leader of the Diocese of New Hampshire with whistles, shouts and a standing ovation. Bishop Douglas Theuner, who officially retired Sunday, handed Robinson the ceremonial staff that transferred the diocese into his hands.