Coverage of Episcopal Church Lift of Gay Ban

A good summary here from Religion News Service on the rescinding of the ban on homosexual bishops by the Episcopal Church last week.

ANAHEIM, Calif.—The Episcopal Church on Tuesday (July 14) overwhelmingly voted to lift a three-year-old moratorium on consecrating gay and lesbian bishops, despite warnings that the ban was necessary to preserve unity in the wider Anglican Communion.

A large majority of Episcopal bishops, priests and lay delegates gathered here for the church’s triennial General Convention asserted that “God has called and may call” gays and lesbians in lifelong committed relationships “to any ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.”

More than 70 percent of lay and clergy delegates in the church’s House of Deputies approved lifting the moratorium on Tuesday; the church’s House of Bishops had approved it Monday by a 2-to-1 margin.

While the resolution clears the way for gay and lesbian bishops, it does not mandate that dioceses must consider them, nor does it guarantee that, if elected, they will receive the necessary ratification votes to serve.

“This is a day to rejoice for the Church—no, let me be more specific, this is a day to rejoice in the Episcopal Church, which once again has stood for the full inclusion of all,” openly gay Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire wrote on his blog late Monday . . .

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