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article imageLos Angeles church ordains lesbian bishop

By Sharon Davis     May 15, 2010 in World
The Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles on Saturday, 15th May, ordained a lesbian bishop, Mary Douglas Glasspool, in a ceremony attended by about 3,000 people.
Reuters reported that the move is likely to stoke further tensions between liberals and conservatives in the deeply divided global Anglican Communion.
According to Reuters: Two people, a man and a young boy, disrupted the beginning of the service, urging people to repent and calling homosexuality a sin, but otherwise it went as planned.
Episcopal Church's consecration the first openly gay gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in 2003.
Reuters reports that the Church was urged not to appoint another homosexual bishop because of the stiff opposition to change from conservative Anglicans, mostly in Africa, and that some conservative Episcopalians have since left to form their own church, the Anglican Church in North America, in protest against liberal reforms in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.
In an interview with Reuters Television, Glasspool said she was ready to meet with critics. "I am a reconciling person and I will seek to reach out and engage with people who believe or think differently than I do, and to try to build a relationship with them," she said.
The ceremony also consecrated a second bishop suffragan, Diane Jardine Bruce.
The Glasspool drama is unfolding against the backdrop of America's wider debate over sexual orientation issues, such as gay marriage, child adoption by same-sex parents and the status of homosexuals in the military.
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