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Gene Robinson, first openly gay Episcopal bishop, announces his divorce
Religion News ^ | May 3, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Posted on 05/04/2014 4:50:35 AM PDT by Gamecock

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

Robinson, who retired in 2013 as the Bishop of New Hampshire, and his partner of 25 years, Mark Andrew, were married in a private civil union in 2008. The announcement was made public Saturday (May 3) in a statement to the Diocese of New Hampshire.

“As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for us — not a decision entered into lightly or without much counseling,” Robinson wrote in a letter. “We ask for your prayers, that the love and care for each other that has characterized our relationship for a quarter century will continue in the difficult days ahead.”

He explained his views on marriage and divorce further in a column for the Daily Beast.

“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,” Robinson wrote.

Hundreds of parishes left the Episcopal Church in protest of his controversial consecration.

“Whenever you choose to or are called into living a public life, one of the prices you pay for that is public scrutiny, so it’s not surprising that people will pay attention to this,” said Susan Russell, an Episcopal priest at All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., and past-president of the LGBT advocacy group Integrity USA.

Robinson, 66, is now a fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

“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,” Robinson wrote in his column. “Love can endure, even if a marriage cannot.”

Due to changes in New Hampshire laws on same-sex marriage, Robinson became legally married to his partner when they didn’t opt out of the change in state law, according to Russell.

In 2012, the Episcopal Church voted to allow bishops to permit priests to bless same-sex marriages. Russell said further discussion about the church’s canon law and prayer book in relation to LBGT concerns will be held at the denomination’s convention next year.

Robinson went public with his sexual identity and divorce from his wife in 1986. He has since been open about the heavy toll he has faced under public scrutiny. Four years ago, he underwent treatment for alcoholism.

Robinson declined to speak further in an interview.

Critics say Robinson’s actions defied scriptural authority and thousands of years of Christian tradition. His divorce could fuel the fire, said Douglas LeBlanc, an Episcopalian who reported on Robinson’s consecration when he was an editor at Christianity Today.

“I’m sure there might be some conservatives who might say, ‘We told you so all along, if you depart from church teachings on homosexuality, you’re opening the door to all kinds of chaos,’” LeBlanc said. “In many ways, I think you are. But I think it’s imperative to say, the House of Bishops is not lacking on heterosexual sin.”

The Episcopal Church’s deliberations on same-sex marriage will likely continue regardless of Robinson’s divorce, LeBlanc said. Some, though, might seize on the news of his divorce.

“People will perhaps rub his nose in this for the rest of his life when he’s debating folks on the sexuality wars,” LeBlanc said. “It probably won’t shock a lot of people and will sadden a lot of people, too.”

Robinson is no longer the only openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. Bishop Mary D. Glasspool was consecrated in Los Angeles in 2010.

In the past decade, the Episcopal Church followed the decline in other mainline Protestant denominations and lost about 10 percent of its members. It had about 1.8 million members in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available.


TOPICS: General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: ecusa; episcopagan; episcopal; episcopalchurch; gaybishop; gaydivorce; generobinson; homonazidivorce; homosexualagenda; homosexualbishop; homosexualdivorce; religiousleft; robinson; samesexmarriage; ssdivorce; ssm; vickygenerobinson
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1 posted on 05/04/2014 4:50:35 AM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

I have a hard time calling this a divorce when I don’t believe it to be a marriage.


2 posted on 05/04/2014 4:52:14 AM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: Gamecock

Surprise, surprise surprise.

/Naught


3 posted on 05/04/2014 4:52:31 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Gamecock

“Husband”? i think not.

How about “accomplice “?


4 posted on 05/04/2014 4:56:11 AM PDT by Walrus (I love the America that used to be ---I hate the America that now IS!)
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To: Gamecock

There was no marriage, hence no divorce. You can’t undo something that couldn’t possibly be done in the first place.


5 posted on 05/04/2014 4:57:52 AM PDT by grimalkin (We are a nation under God. If we ever forget this, we are a nation gone under. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: Gamecock

LOL


6 posted on 05/04/2014 5:01:51 AM PDT by piusv
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To: Gamecock

7 posted on 05/04/2014 5:04:55 AM PDT by massmike ("You only live once, but it does help if you get to be young twice.")
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To: Gamecock

First Johnny and now this. Say, did you see Johnny announcing his pick on NBC yesterday at Churchill Downs? Fabulous hat! Seriously, this “bishop” and his “church” need prayer, and lots of it.


8 posted on 05/04/2014 5:05:29 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Gamecock
I have a hard time calling this a divorce when I don’t believe it to be a marriage.

Yep. There was no marriage so there can be no divorce, no matter how hard the leftists try to spin it.

9 posted on 05/04/2014 5:05:37 AM PDT by OldMissileer
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To: Gamecock

He abandoned his wife and children and now he is playing divorce with his gay lover.


10 posted on 05/04/2014 5:10:09 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Walrus
“Husband”? i think not.

How about “accomplice “?

Or "co-pervert"?

11 posted on 05/04/2014 5:12:04 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Gamecock

The ECUSA started the decent into Hell some time before I left. I was the senior warden of the oldest Episcopal church in west Tennessee, established in 1832.
The gays decided that it was the piece de resistance for them.
It, along with the ECUSA, and the national cahedral, fell into God only knows what.
I now affiliate with the Roman Catholic church.
I first attended in Slovakia, but now in the Philippines.


12 posted on 05/04/2014 5:13:05 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Gamecock

13 posted on 05/04/2014 5:19:07 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Genoa

Johnny who?


14 posted on 05/04/2014 5:20:48 AM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: Gamecock

So Vickie Gene is now ensconced in the D.C. “Center for American Progress”. That tribe of lefty are worth a Google tour. Sample:

“On average, 33,000 Americans are killed with guns each year, and the burden of this violence falls disproportionately on young people.”

“young people”? Take a guess...


15 posted on 05/04/2014 5:24:37 AM PDT by QBFimi (/...o.o/.o...ooo/...o.o...o/ooo/...o.o/.o/ooo.//o..o./. o.)
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To: AppyPappy

IIRC, his ex wife and children attended their “marriage”.


16 posted on 05/04/2014 5:25:57 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: Gamecock

Asking for our prayers??? For what exactly? Forgiveness for their sins? Only reason that comes to mind


17 posted on 05/04/2014 5:26:41 AM PDT by snappahead (if your gonna be dumb, you better be tough.)
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To: Gamecock

This is nothing that couldn’t be solved by boiling both of these degenerate evil communist faggots in oil couldn’t solve.


18 posted on 05/04/2014 5:42:08 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Gamecock
Gene and the Episcopal church did me a great service when his "wedding" occurred.

We were church hunting and I had never been saved. We heard about this travesty and moved on to try a non-denominational church. I heard the Word during the first service and was saved that day.

Pretty sorry that someone gets saved for leaving a church....great for me though.

19 posted on 05/04/2014 5:50:00 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Mean Maryjean

Johnny Weir, the former “men’s” figure-skating champion and current transvestite that NBC felt compelled to put on the air in yesterday’ Kentucky Derby brodcast.

Little Johnny Weir was all decked out in a lovely white dress and a sensational Derby-appropriate hat, as he giggled along with the rest of the girls. The reporter pretended that there was nothing at all unusual.

I fast-forwarded through the rest of the broadcast, picking it up again right at post time, and turning it off three minutes later.


20 posted on 05/04/2014 5:51:39 AM PDT by Walrus (I love the America that used to be ---I hate the America that now IS!)
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To: Walrus
Little Johnny Weir was all decked out in a lovely white dress and a sensational Derby-appropriate hat, as he giggled along with the rest of the girls. The reporter pretended that there was nothing at all unusual.

Wow. This is progress? Progress toward what?

21 posted on 05/04/2014 5:53:45 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: bonfire

He wanted to show off his trophies


22 posted on 05/04/2014 5:55:48 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Gamecock

The guy is one mentally screwed-up dude.


23 posted on 05/04/2014 6:07:54 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Gamecock

Was the queen bishop the bride or the groom? I would call him a broom.


24 posted on 05/04/2014 6:11:42 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Gamecock

Leviticus 20:13


25 posted on 05/04/2014 6:17:29 AM PDT by CPOSharky (If a libtards lips are moving...)
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To: Gamecock

Must have found himself a new, younger boy toy.


26 posted on 05/04/2014 6:37:37 AM PDT by subterfuge (Hey NSA snoop, get a real job you idiot!)
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To: Gamecock

Love the one you’re with.


27 posted on 05/04/2014 6:47:45 AM PDT by lurk
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To: hal ogen

For the past several years Eugene Robinson has been, by far, the most popular “weekly pastor in residence” at the Chautauqua Institution (NY) nine week summer program. I noticed that he wasn’t on the agenda this year and now know why. Most of the liberal pastors they invite speak to a nearly empty amphitheater including the one I heard several years ago from Orlando who was spiritual advisor to President Obama. (Sounds like a fools errand to me).


28 posted on 05/04/2014 6:48:22 AM PDT by robintally
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To: Gamecock

7 years makes you a “longtime marriage partner”?

Standards must have changed.


29 posted on 05/04/2014 6:56:39 AM PDT by struggle
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To: Gamecock

Fake bishop. Fake marriage. Fake divorce. Fake life.


30 posted on 05/04/2014 7:00:50 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: subterfuge

No, I heard it was because they were having trouble getting pregnant ;-)


31 posted on 05/04/2014 7:34:20 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Gamecock

At least it’s a step in the right direction.


32 posted on 05/04/2014 7:40:58 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Her eyes, opening, looked as if they would keep on enlarging until they turned her wrongsideout. ")
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To: subterfuge
Must have found himself a new, younger boy toy.

Bingo. Vicki G. mostly has been in D.C. since retiring as the bishop's hat of New Hampshire, hanging out with like-minded leftists at the Obama administration and the Center for American Regress. His boyfriend has remained in NH. Vicki is a "recovering" lush, so not a stretch he's been frequenting the homosexual bars and trolling for new boys to give him his handies.

33 posted on 05/04/2014 8:15:55 AM PDT by twister881
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To: AppyPappy

Undoubtedly he has found himself a 17 year boy-toy. The dream of all 65 year old sodomites.


34 posted on 05/04/2014 8:17:09 AM PDT by NKP_Vet ("It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died;we should thank God that such men lived" ~ Patton)
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To: Gamecock
I thought the Episcopal Church refused to recognize divorce...

At least a good friend, a life-long Episcopalian, was not allowed to marry in the Episcopal Church, in the 21st century, because one of the parties was divorced...

...and I thought this odd, considering the Founding Father of the Church of England...

...and I'm an Episcopalian.

I'm sure it's just me. I'm confused. I'm sure that if if understood I would understand...or something like that...

35 posted on 05/04/2014 8:18:03 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Hubris and denial overwhelm Western Civilization. Nemesis and tragedy always follow.)
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To: Gamecock
I am waiting to hear this:
"Therefore what God hath joined together, let no man put asunder." (Mark 10:9)

Of course God didn't joined these filthy sodomites together. He wants them dead (Leviticus 20:13).

36 posted on 05/04/2014 8:55:15 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: Gamecock

Dammit, after I spent all that money on their registry gift.


37 posted on 05/04/2014 8:57:59 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Gamecock
I have a hard time calling this a divorce when I don’t believe it to be a marriage.

Precisely.

38 posted on 05/04/2014 9:27:00 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: Walrus

I was at Ulta beauty supply store with my daughter a couple of weeks ago and the girl at the register was a man in full drag. I will never step foot in Ulta again.


39 posted on 05/04/2014 9:38:34 AM PDT by tuffydoodle (Shut up voices, or I'll poke you with a Q-Tip again.)
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To: NKP_Vet

He’ll be defending that next


40 posted on 05/04/2014 9:40:24 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy

Gene Robinson recently wrote that conservative Christians were behind the times on gay marriage. With great condescension, he said that their world was changing fast and they felt disoriented and confused.

Well, maybe we are old-fashioned, Gene, but at least we treat marriage with more reverence than you do. A truly God-centered marriage will never go out of style.


41 posted on 05/04/2014 9:56:16 AM PDT by heye2monn (MO)
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To: Gamecock

Perhaps an annulment is in order...


42 posted on 05/04/2014 10:08:05 AM PDT by Iscool (Ya mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailer park...)
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To: Gamecock

I guess the saying is true:

“Nobody loves you when you are old and gay.”


43 posted on 05/04/2014 10:39:15 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Gamecock

HAHAHAHA, ya can’t make this stuff up. Ok, so now he wants to marry a goat? Or a 10-year-old?


44 posted on 05/04/2014 11:26:14 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is my tag!)
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To: dfwgator

Ok, ok, I’ll bite. I just gotta know what you bought!


45 posted on 05/04/2014 11:30:04 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is my tag!)
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To: Walrus; Mean Maryjean
Johnny is recently "divorced" from its "husband," who got into something in Sochi that was detrimental to the "union."

46 posted on 05/04/2014 11:55:28 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Savage Beast
35 I thought the Episcopal Church refused to recognize divorce... At least a good friend, a life-long Episcopalian, was not allowed to marry in the Episcopal Church, in the 21st century, because one of the parties was divorced... and I thought this odd, considering the Founding Father of the Church of England... and I'm an Episcopalian. I'm sure it's just me. I'm confused. I'm sure that if if understood I would understand...or something like that...

Not sure how to take your post, so I'll choose black & white. Your close friend may well have been tyring to marry in 1 of the "continuing Anglican churches" which broke away from ECUSA/TEC. Some of them are very orthodox and will not marry a divorced person.

47 posted on 05/04/2014 1:05:35 PM PDT by MacNaughton
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To: trebb

That’s a great story. Are you still attending that non-denominational church?


48 posted on 05/04/2014 1:20:23 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Ouchthatonehurt

http://instantrimshot.com/classic/?sound=rimshot


49 posted on 05/04/2014 1:22:16 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Gamecock

“In the past decade, the Episcopal Church followed the decline in other mainline Protestant denominations and lost about 10 percent of its members.”

Boy, the embracing of theological liberalism, abortions, priestesses and homosexual behavior has sure worked out well for them hasn’t it?/sarc


50 posted on 05/04/2014 1:25:27 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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