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May 4, 2014

'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'

Bishop Gene Robinson, whose election as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in 2003 rocked Anglican Communion, has announced his divorce from his husband Mark Andrew.

Robinson and Andrew, who have been partners for 25 years, were married in a private civil union in 2008. They became legally married when they didn’t opt out of the change in state law due to changes in New Hampshire same-sex marriage laws that automatically converted civil unions to marriages in 2010.

March 5, 2014

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany has voted to allow pastors in committed same-sex relationships to share church residences with their partners

The gay pastors of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Northern Germany will be allowed to share church owned residences for clergy with their committed same-sex partners after a near unanimous vote at a church summit on Friday.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany was formed in 2012 and is a union of the North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mecklenburg and the Pomeranian Evangelical Church.

The proposal was voted for 156 to 2.

December 9, 2013

Openly gay clergyman Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, reportedly missed appointment as the Church of England’s first gay bishop by a single vote

The Church of England was one vote away from appointing its first gay bishop.

The openly gay Dean of St Albans Dr Jeffrey John was one vote away from becoming the newest Bishop of Exter, according to The Times, replacing the Right Rev Michael Langrish.

Since the beginning of this year, John has been considered for high-ranking posts within the Anglican Church.

October 10, 2013

Archbishop David Gitari was a progressive force for the LGBT community in the African and Anglican churches

As Kenya laid to rest former Anglican Archbishop and pro-democracy agitator, David Gitari, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community mourned one of its supporters in the Christian faith.

Gitari’s record on support for dialogue and understanding on homosexuality – particularly those who identify as Christians – shows the progressive maturity and enviable courage of one of Kenya’s most visible religious personalities.

April 28, 2013

Openly gay Dr. Jeffrey John could become the next Bishop of Durham, the third-most powerful position in the Anglican Church

An openly gay bishop could become the third-highest ranking cleric in the Church of England.

Dr. Jeffrey John, Dean of St. Albans, is being considered for the role of Bishop of Durham, a position previously held by the now-leader of the Anglican Church Archbishop of Canterbury Rev. Justin Welby.

According to British newspaper The Telegraph, the panel responsible for appointing the next Bishop of Durham was told on Friday (26 April) that the new appointee should be able to establish ‘positive relationships’ with gay Anglicans.

January 5, 2013

Liberals and Conservatives have weighed in on the announcement gay men will be allowed to become bishops, as long as they remain celibate

The Church of England has created further divisions in their ranks in their announcement over gay bishops yesterday (4 January).

As long as they remain celibate in a civil partnership, any gay man will be allowed to become a bishop without fear of being forced to step down.

Conservative evangelicals have called it ‘divisive’, but several liberal groups have welcomed the move.

January 4, 2013

A decade after gay cleric Jeffrey John was forced to step down as a bishop by traditionalist Christians, the CoE have said they have evolved on allowing gay bishops

The Church of England has dropped its ban on gay clergy becoming bishops.

This announcement, from the Church’s House of Bishops, would allow clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops if they promised to be celibate, the BBC reports.

In 2003, the issue split the church when gay cleric Jeffrey John, who has always maintained his celibacy, became a Bishop of Reading.

John, now Dean of St Albans, was forced to step down from the role after protests from traditionalists.

November 8, 2012

The Bishop of Durham Justin Welby, who opposes gay rights, is set to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury

It is thought that Justin Welby, an opponent of same-sex marriage and gay bishops ordination, will be named tomorrow (9 November) as the new Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church.

According to reports by AFP, the Crown Nominations Commission put his name forward to the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who is expected to formally name Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury tomorrow.

September 9, 2012

Archbishop of Canterbury, who will be stepping down in December, has admitted he has not done enough to stop divisions in the Church

In one of his last interviews as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has admitted he did not do enough to prevent divisions within the Anglican Church over homosexuality.

Williams, who will be stepping down as the head of the Church of England in December, has said the church was wrong for its past treatment of gay people.

July 10, 2012

One of America's largest Christian churches approves same-sex marriage rite

The Episcopalians are set to become America's biggest Christian church to bless gay marriage.

The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant rite, which was agreed by the Chamber of Bishops yesterday (9 July) and is expected to be passed by the House of Deputies this week, will come into effect in December.

With nearly 2 million followers, according to the National Council of Churches,  the Episcopal Church will be the largest denomination to have a same-sex marriage liturgy.

It is the latest move by the institution in favor of LGBT equality.

June 15, 2012

Gay bishop Gene Robinson and lesbian bishop Yvetter Flunder to speak at Amplify conference in Hong Kong

The first openly gay bishop Gene Robinson and lesbian bishop Yvette Flunder will appear at a conference exploring Christianity and homosexuality in Asia next week.