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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.

July 25, 2013

America’s Disciples of Christ church has become the latest mainline protestant denomination to welcome gays and lesbians as members and to allow them to serve openly as clergy

The Disciples of Christ church, also known as the Christian Church has resolved at its General Assembly in Orlando, California, that it will openly welcome LGBTs into the church and allow them to be ordained as clergy.

June 15, 2013

A new policy dictates that gay priests in civil partnerships must prove they’re celibate to be considered for bishop-hood

Gay priests looking to move up in the Anglican Church must now undergo questioning into their sex lives.

In December, the House of Bishops ruled that priests who are in civil partnerships could become bishops, a decision that opened the doors for a number of openly gay priests who were already partnered to rise in the ranks of of the Church.

June 1, 2013

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has elected the Reverend R Guy Erwin to be its first ever openly gay bishop

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has elected its first openly gay bishop just four years after it began ordaining openly gay clergy.

The church’s Southwest California Synod voted Friday to elect the Reverend R Guy Erwin, a North Hollywood professor of theology, to the role during a three day assembly in Woodland Hills.

Erwin has taught theology and the history of Christianity at Cal Lutheran University since 2000 and was ordained in 2011.

May 20, 2013

The Church of Scotland's ruling General Assembly has voted to allow openly gay and lesbians to become ministers

The Church of Scotland’s General Assembly has voted to allow openly gay people to become ministers.

The church voted today (20 May) 340 for and 282 against to allow the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers but only next year.

The decision will have to be endorsed by the church's regional presbyteries and officially approved next year.

The year’s delay is seen as a narrow victory for the traditionalist wing of the Church that threatened to split off.

May 20, 2013

Four years after the first openly gay reverend in a same-sex relationship was appointed to a new parish by the Church of Scotland, the governing body will decide whether to allow ministers in same-sex relationships

Church of Scotland’s General Assembly is to debate gay ministers in same-sex relationships today (20 May).

The institution’s governing body will consider whether to allow people in same-sex relationships to be ordained as ministers, four years after the first openly gay minister was ordained.

They will be discussing a 94-page report by the Theological Commission, which sets out arguments on both sides.

April 18, 2013

Scotland's largest protestant church already allows gay and lesbian ministers, but they must be celibate

The Church of Scotland is going to debate allowing gay ministers to have sex.

A theological commission has produced a report on the issue of whether the church should ordain ministers who are in same-sex relationships.

Put forward by seven members of the commission, a spokesman told the BBC the report included a broad spectrum of the Scottish Church views.

January 16, 2013

A pro-gay rights Episcopal priest was chosen by US president Obama to deliver his inaugural benediction

President Obama has replaced conservative, anti-gay Pastor Louie Giglio with pro-LGBT rights Reverend Luis León to deliver his inaugural benediction next week.

Giglio withdrew from the ceremony last week after reportes have surfaced on his anti-gay positions.

León is an Episcopal priest who ministers at St. John’s Church, also known as ‘Church of the Presidents’ just across the park from the White House.

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.