Episcopal Church Making Progress on LGBT Rights
Posted on Jul 14, 2009
Although it doesn’t look like the Church of England is getting with the program at the moment, its American counterpart, the Episcopal Church, is preparing to officially perform same-sex marriages and to approve gay and lesbian bishops. One openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, was ordained in 2003.
Both measures must be approved by the church’s General Convention before taking effect, but expert Mark Silk said there is “little reason” to think the changes will not “sail through.”
“They basically decided to move forward on all fronts with regularizing the status of gays and lesbians within the church,” said Silk, director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Connecticut.
The Episcopal Church’s ordination of Bishop Gene Robinson, pictured, in 2003 caused a ruckus in the Anglican Church.