Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal Bishop, entered into a civil union with his long time partner, Mark Andrews, this Saturday!
According to PageOneQ:
About 120 guests gathered at St. Paul's Church in New Hampshire for Saturday's ceremony for Bishop Gene Robinson and his partner of more than 19 years, Mark Andrews. The event was kept private out of respect for next month's worldwide Anglican conference, Robinson's spokesman, Mike Barwell, said Sunday.
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... The 77 million-member Anglican Communion, a global federation of national churches, has been in upheaval since 2003 when the Episcopal Church consecrated Robinson as the first bishop known to be in an openly homosexual relationship in more than four centuries of church history.
Robinson has in the past received death threats and wore a bulletproof vest under his vestments at his consecration in 2003. Two uniformed police officers stood guard at Saturday's ceremony in the state capital Concord, said Barwell.
Robinson and Andrews held two ceremonies -- a non-religious one in which they became legal partners followed by a formal church service to give blessings to God for their relationship.
I've had the honor of getting to know Bishop Robinson and I'm extremely happy for this amazing man. When my partner and I spoke to the Bishop to congratulate him on his big day and this was his jubilant reply:
Today's the day! Aren't these amazing times we've lived to see??!!
These are amazing times indeed. A heartfelt congratulations to the Bishop and his partner. May he have the peace and happiness he has brought to so many lives, including my own.
You can learn more about the Bishop and his amazing story in the documentary "For The Bible Tells Me So."