Episcopal Leaders Vote Overwhelmingly to Recognize Gay Bishops

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Lifting a three-year de facto moratorium, bishops, clergy members, and lay leaders at the church's General Convention in California late yesterday voted to open "any ordained ministry" to gays and lesbians. This alters a policy adopted in 2006 that urged against appointing bishops that might strain relations between different factions of the church. That policy was adopted after New Hampshire anointed openly gay and partnered Bishop Gene Robinson, who is still serving, in 2003. [LAT]