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November 2, 2006 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Prepared for the worst, V. Gene Robinson wore a bulletproof vest under a simple white monk's cassock when he was consecrated as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in the history of the Anglican Communion. A few months later, he received a postcard with a photograph of a stately English cathedral on one side and a message on the other: "You fornicating lecherous pig."
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November 9, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
It was less than a month ago that V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church, appeared in a YouTube video assuring gay and lesbian teenagers who were "in a dark place" that their lives would get better. "I am an out and proud gay man who is also the bishop of New Hampshire," he said, staring into the camera, dressed in the purple shirt of his office. "And I am living proof that it gets better. " On Saturday, Robinson stood before a shocked diocesan convention and delivered a different message . Citing the strain of constant controversy, including death threats, he said he had decided to step down in January 2013, when he will be 65, seven years younger than the usual retirement age for an Episcopal bishop.
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WORLD
November 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A group of Anglican leaders said they had loosened ties with the U.S. Episcopal Church over the consecration of its first openly gay bishop, but they stopped short of declaring a schism. Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola said V. Gene Robinson's consecration in New Hampshire has created "a state of impaired communion." His statement was signed by a group of churches in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2009 | Christi Parsons and Manya A. Brachear
After angering gay rights supporters with the choice of evangelist Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama has chosen the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church to pray at the kickoff event for the inaugural festivities Sunday. Bishop V.
NATIONAL
August 6, 2003 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Overcoming last-minute allegations of misconduct, the first openly gay bishop in the history of the Episcopal Church -- and perhaps of any Christian denomination -- was confirmed here Tuesday. The vote by the nation's Episcopal bishops to confirm the Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson as the next bishop of New Hampshire set the stage for a new and pivotal struggle within the 2.3-million-member church over homosexuality and its place in the worldwide Anglican Communion.
NATIONAL
November 9, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
It was less than a month ago that V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church, appeared in a YouTube video assuring gay and lesbian teenagers who were "in a dark place" that their lives would get better. "I am an out and proud gay man who is also the bishop of New Hampshire," he said, staring into the camera, dressed in the purple shirt of his office. "And I am living proof that it gets better. " On Saturday, Robinson stood before a shocked diocesan convention and delivered a different message . Citing the strain of constant controversy, including death threats, he said he had decided to step down in January 2013, when he will be 65, seven years younger than the usual retirement age for an Episcopal bishop.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2009 | Christi Parsons and Manya A. Brachear
After angering gay rights supporters with the choice of evangelist Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama has chosen the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church to pray at the kickoff event for the inaugural festivities Sunday. Bishop V.
NATIONAL
April 6, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The first openly gay Episcopal bishop said in Concord he was being falsely accused of suggesting Jesus might have been gay. The allegations arose from Web log comments posted after Bishop V. Gene Robinson's remarks at a Feb. 13 forum on sexual issues at Christ Church in Hamilton, Mass. Jesus "lived a very untraditional lifestyle," Robinson said. "Which is not to say that I in any way asserted that he was gay."
NEWS
June 20, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
An Episcopal Church of America diocese elected a Newark, N.J., priest as its next bishop, narrowly bypassing a New Hampshire candidate who had hoped to become the church's first openly gay bishop. After five ballots, the Diocese of Rochester in western New York chose the Rev. Jack McKelvey ahead of the Rev. V. Gene Robinson and three other nominees to succeed retiring Bishop William G. Burrill at year-end.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, is being treated for alcoholism, a step that surprised friends and colleagues but seemed unlikely to threaten his position in the church. Robinson, whose 2003 election as bishop of New Hampshire caused a furor in worldwide Anglicanism, wrote in an e-mail to clergy that he had checked himself in for treatment Feb. 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2006 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Prepared for the worst, V. Gene Robinson wore a bulletproof vest under a simple white monk's cassock when he was consecrated as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in the history of the Anglican Communion. A few months later, he received a postcard with a photograph of a stately English cathedral on one side and a message on the other: "You fornicating lecherous pig."
WORLD
November 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A group of Anglican leaders said they had loosened ties with the U.S. Episcopal Church over the consecration of its first openly gay bishop, but they stopped short of declaring a schism. Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola said V. Gene Robinson's consecration in New Hampshire has created "a state of impaired communion." His statement was signed by a group of churches in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
NATIONAL
August 6, 2003 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Overcoming last-minute allegations of misconduct, the first openly gay bishop in the history of the Episcopal Church -- and perhaps of any Christian denomination -- was confirmed here Tuesday. The vote by the nation's Episcopal bishops to confirm the Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson as the next bishop of New Hampshire set the stage for a new and pivotal struggle within the 2.3-million-member church over homosexuality and its place in the worldwide Anglican Communion.
WORLD
December 5, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Anglican Church in Southeast Asia announced it has broken ties with its U.S. counterpart for consecrating openly gay bishop V. Gene Robinson. Archbishop Yong Ping Chung, Anglican primate for Southeast Asia, said leaders representing about 170,000 Anglicans in nine countries voted unanimously Nov. 20 to cut ties with the U.S. Episcopal Church.
OPINION
November 7, 2003
Re "Episcopalians Consecrate Openly Gay Bishop," Nov. 3: The conservatives of the Episcopal Church, and the entire Anglican Communion, are threatening a schism over the consecration of an openly gay bishop, the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson. These folks who hide their bigotry, ignorance and fear behind the skirts of religion are obviously overlooking Christ's teachings of inclusiveness and love for all. It's quite possible that the church would be far better off without them. Richard Kinz Atascadero
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