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1st openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

Posted by on May. 4, 2014 at 10:45 AM
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1st openly gay Episcopal bishop to divorce husband

In this photo released by the Episcopal Dioceses of New Hampshire, Mark Andrew, left, and Bishop V. Gene Robinson are shown during their private civil union ceremony performed by Ronna Wise in Concord, N.H., in this Saturday June 7, 2008 file photo.

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 2012.

Robinson would not disclose details about the end of their 25-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."

"It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples," Robinson wrote. "All of us sincerely intend, when we take our wedding vows, to live up to the ideal of 'til death do us part. But not all of us are able to see this through until death indeed parts us."

Robinson did not respond Sunday to email and phone requests for comment from The Associated Press.

Robinson has never been fully accepted within the more than 70 million-member Anglican Communion, which is rooted in the Church of England and represented in the United States by the Episcopal Church.

The bishop endured death threats during his 2003 consecration and intense scrutiny of his personal life, and in 2006, he sought treatment for alcoholism. His election prompted some Episcopal dioceses and parishes to break away and establish the Anglican Church in North America with other theological conservatives overseas. Robinson was barred in 2008 by then-Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams from the Lambeth Conference, the once-a-decade global meeting of all Anglican bishops, as Williams struggled to find a way to keep Anglicans united.

But Robinson was also widely celebrated as a pioneer for gay rights, became an advocate for gay marriage and was the subject of several books and a documentary about Christianity, the Bible and same-sex relationships. He delivered the benediction at the opening 2009 inaugural event for President Barack Obama and, after retirement, became a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank with close ties to the White House.

Robinson, 68, had been married to a woman and had two children before he and his wife divorced. He and Andrew had been partners for more than a decade when Robinson was elected to lead the New Hampshire Diocese. The two men were joined in a 2008 civil union in New Hampshire, and it became a legal marriage when the state recognized gay marriage in 2010.

"My belief in marriage is undiminished by the reality of divorcing someone I have loved for a very long time, and will continue to love even as we separate," Robinson wrote. "Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot."

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4evrinbluejeans
by KK on May. 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM
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Is he the first Episcopal bishop to get a divorce or is this considered "newsworthy" because he is gay?  

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on May. 4, 2014 at 10:55 AM
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That woman in the middle looks like she's going to go Carrie on our asses.

Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Sad reality of marriage. Oh well...
Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM
He's retired. I really can't imagine he's the first to ever divorce.

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

Is he the first Episcopal bishop to get a divorce or is this considered "newsworthy" because he is gay?  

Ziva65
by Gold Member on May. 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM
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Um- he got divorced from his wife many years before, became part of the diocese, and married a man. now he is divorcing his husband? He had problems with alcoholism, and was never fully accepted in his church. I feel bad for him, but I'm thinking perhaps he shouldn't be counseling people for marriage...


4evrinbluejeans
by KK on May. 4, 2014 at 11:06 AM
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I can't either.  The fascination with the private lives of strangers is just odd.   A twice divorced man...stop the presses!  

Quoting Bookwormy: He's retired. I really can't imagine he's the first to ever divorce.
Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

Is he the first Episcopal bishop to get a divorce or is this considered "newsworthy" because he is gay?  


4evrinbluejeans
by KK on May. 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

boxers or briefs?

Quoting Ziva65:

Um- he got divorced from his wife many years before, became part of the diocese, and married a man. now he is divorcing his husband? He had problems with alcoholism, and was never fully accepted in his church. I feel bad for him, but I'm thinking perhaps he shouldn't be counseling people for marriage...



FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on May. 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM

So he makes the news because he is gay?

Seems the dissolution of this marriage is far more respectful and less news worthy than many others.

But of course, being gay ads drama and scandal for some.

That is far more a travesty than this man is.

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on May. 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Why do some think he is making news because he is gay and not because he is Christian?  There are all kinds of threads started about Christian ministers no one has ever herd of pointing out their transgressions.  

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on May. 4, 2014 at 12:02 PM


Quoting 12hellokitty:

Why do some think he is making news because he is gay and not because he is Christian?  There are all kinds of threads started about Christian ministers no one has ever herd of pointing out their transgressions.  

It's rather obvious.

If this man wasn't gay no one would care.  

The divorce aspect isn't what they are focusing on.  The GAY aspect is.

Both are private and really, he isn't the first Christian to divorce more than once and he won't be the last.

He should not be news at all but because he is gay.............he is.

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