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Bishops in state oppose Prop. 8

Episcopal leaders go on the record against the ballot measure, which would bar same-sex marriage.

September 11, 2008|Duke Helfand | Times Staff Writer

Several hundred conservative bishops and archbishops boycotted the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference of Anglicans, held in July.

A month before that meeting in England, the conservatives met in Jerusalem. They decided to remain within the global communion but proposed a new council with the authority to create alternative provinces in places where church authorities failed, in the conservatives' opinion, to follow the Gospel.

Episcopal leaders in California believe that acknowledging the rights of homosexuals to marry does follow the Gospel.

"We're talking about our friends, our neighbors," Abel Lopez, a priest with All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, said at the news conference with Bruno. "These are people in our own families . . . people who deserve the [same] rights as anyone else."

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Financial battle

To see how much money supporters and opponents of Proposition 8 have raised,

as well as who has donated and where they live, go to

latimes.com/prop8map.

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