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First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop, Formerly of Ridgewood Church, Announces Divorce

Bishop Gene Robinson became a symbol for gay rights after his 2010 marriage, report says.

Christ Church in Ridgewood.
Christ Church in Ridgewood.

The first-ever openly gay Episcopal bishop, formerly of a Ridgewood Church, has announced that he will be divorcing his husband, nj.com reported Monday.

According to the report, Bishop Gene Robinson, who served as a curate for two years at the Christ Church in Ridgewood, announced his split from Mark Andrew in an email to the Diocese of New Hampshire, where he worked before retiring in 2012.

The two were together for 25 years, the Associated Press report said. They were joined by a civil union in New Hampshire in 2008, which became a legal marriage two years later when the state recognized gay marriage, the report said.

Robinson became both a symbol for gay rights and a source of division among Anglicans, the report said. He advocated for gay marriage, delivered the benediction at the opening 2009 inaugural event for President Barack Obama, and was the subject of several books and a documentary, the report said.

"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," nj.com reported Robinson wrote in a letter to The Daily Beast.

"Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot."

Frank Santora May 11, 2014 at 07:29 PM
object to the terms homophobe, homophobic and homophobia when referring to those opposed to the homosexuality. ATTENION, WE ARE NOT AFRAID OF YOU! WE JUST FIND YOU TO BE DISGUSTING! Somehow the thought of men penetrating each other's anus then performing Oral sex doesn't strike me as normal. I would not ask these people to dinner at my house or allow my children to think that I accepted this aberrational behavior. object to the terms homophobe, homophobic and homophobia when referring to those opposed to the homosexuality. ATTENION, WE ARE NOT AFRAID OF YOU! WE JUST FIND YOU TO BE DISGUSTING! Somehow the thought of men penetrating each other's anus then performing Oral sex doesn't strike me as normal. I would not ask these people to dinner at my house or allow my children to think that I accepted this aberrational behavior.
Macko D May 11, 2014 at 07:50 PM
yes the use of "phobia" is rather pejorative...
Citizen of America May 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM
You're not alone is disliking the word phobia. Twitter entry posted to the now-defunct Tweets from God feed posted this: "I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You are not scared; you are an asshole." So there ya go.
Macko D May 12, 2014 at 09:02 PM
So if someone dares disagree with ya, start calling them names. I guess we all must agree that the act posted by Frank is normal. There ya go.
Long Time Resident May 12, 2014 at 09:43 PM
The only butt wipe here is you Clueless in Amerika!

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